American Colin Edwards will make his 130th MotoGP start in front of his home fans in this weekend's Indianapolis Grand Prix.
The double World Superbike champion made his MotoGP debut at Suzuka in 2003, where he finished sixth for Aprilia, and took the first of his eleven podiums at Honda Gresini the following season.
Switching to the factory Yamaha squad as team-mate to Valentino Rossi in 2005, Edwards claimed a career best fourth in the final standings and remained alongside the Italian until being replaced by Jorge Lorenzo for 2008.
Edwards moved to the Tech 3 Yamaha team, where he was the highest ranked satellite rider in the 2009 standings, in fifth.
"Those 130 races have been special, some of the best times of my life," declared Edwards.
But the Texan has struggled to get to grips with the 2010 Yamaha M1, leaving him in a disappointing tenth in the championship standings heading into this weekend's event.
"This season has been difficult; after finishing fifth in the championship last season we thought things would be cool this year, but we've suffered with this six engine rule," he said.
Edwards hopes he can build further on a season-best seventh at the last two races.
"We found something at Laguna, made the bike a bit quicker, and our best results of the season so far came there and at Brno. So, we're getting there," he insisted.
Edwards has finished 15th and 5th in the two previous Indianapolis MotoGP races, but his memories of IMS stretch far further back.
"I have so many memories of this place. Most of them from TV. I remember in '85 or '86 when Danny Sullivan did the 360 [spin] and still won the race," he said.
"My Dad was drunk on the bed and I was a little kid. He kept saying 'Did you see that? Did you see that?' He just couldn't believe it. I was like, 'Dad, I saw it, that's the tenth time you've asked me'.
"For me to be racing here is something special.'"
Team-mate Ben Spies is seventh in the championship with a best finish of third.