As the 2011 MotoGP grid begins to take shape, one of the biggest question marks is over the future location of Andrea Dovizioso.
The Repsol Honda rider looks set to be squeezed out of the factory team by Casey Stoner's arrival from Ducati and, as uncertainly builds over Honda's ability to create the planned three-strong factory team, the Italian might have to settle for factory equipment at a satellite team next season.
That is yet to be decided, but Dovizioso badly needs results to convince HRC to do all it can to keep him within the top team.
As such, Dovi's first race crash of the season last time out at Brno was exceptionally bad timing and the #4 is eager to bounce back with a fifth podium of the season this Sunday at Indianapolis, as he seeks to overturn the four-point gap to Stoner for third in the world championship.
"If I look back to the Brno GP I have to say that - except for the final result - it was a good weekend," he said. "We were competitive, our race pace was good but the result did not come. So we go to Indy determined to transform this good performance into a result.
"We need strong results for the team and for the championship position.
"Last year I was fourth at Indy in the race but we weren't as fast as the front runners - Dani especially was very fast. But this means that we have the potential to do well and this is an extra motivation for the weekend.”