It's almost certainly come too late to mount a title challenge, but Dani Pedrosa finally broke his two wins in a season barrier at Indianapolis on Sunday.
The Repsol Honda rider had taken two wins every year since his 2006 debut, and three wins from eleven 2010 starts marks a clear step forward in the Spaniard's career.
"Yes, I cross the barrier of two wins, so I'm very happy, and I hope we can keep this rhythm," said Dani. "We are doing good lately in the races, no mistakes, and I hope I can do some more good results."
The third win wasn't handed to him either. Pedrosa had qualified only fifth and was still fourth at the end of lap one, but soon picked off his opponents.
Ducati's Nicky Hayden was overtaken on lap two, then Pedrosa negotiated team-mate Andrea Dovizioso on lap four to hold second behind Ben Spies.
Star rookie Spies, running (like most of the field) the softer rear tyre, had bolted from pole and quickly put several bikelengths between himself and the field.
Pedrosa, on the harder rear tyre, took three laps to reel in the American, then simply blasted past him out of the final turn on lap seven and rode to a 3.5sec victory.
"I had to choose the hard tyre because on the softer one, my bike generates too much temperature in the tyre," explained Pedrosa. "That means I start to lose stability going into the corners, so I had to choose the harder one. I had no choice."
And it wasn't just his tyres that were getting hot.
The scorching 35 degree air - and 56 degree track temperature - was as high as anything on the world championship calendar.
"This was close to one of the hottest days in Malaysia or Qatar in the daylight," revealed Pedrosa. "The track was slippery, because when the asphalt always get over 50 degrees, it always starts to feel very greasy, you know. But the same thing for everybody."
The other additional challenge at Indy was the bumps.