Having finished second from pole as a satellite Tech 3 rider during his rookie MotoGP season, home star Ben Spies can't wait to return to Indianapolis this weekend.
Spies, now at the Factory Yamaha Team, took his first MotoGP win at Assen this season, but has had just another podium and presently sits sixth in the points.
A trapped nerve hampered his hopes at the recent Czech Republic round, but the former World Superbike champion is confident he can 'put on a good show' at Indy.
“I'm really hoping to be completely fit for this weekend. I've still got some numbness in the arm but it is better than it was at Brno. We've been working hard to get it right and we will of course give it 100% as always," said Spies.
"I've been looking forward to this race all year; it was pretty crazy last year as a rookie to take pole and a second in the race. We're going to put on a good show for all the home fans and see what we can do.”
Team director Massimo Meregalli admitted that expectations were high, but hopes that the new engine parts tested at Brno can help the M1 riders take-on the factory Hondas.
“I'm hoping that Ben will be 100% because it is his home race and expectations are quite high," said Meregalli. "The team are going to use some new updates that we tested in Brno; these will help both Ben and Jorge challenge for the front. Last year both riders finished on the podium so we are confident for this event.”
As at Assen and Laguna Seca, Spies and Lorenzo will race in the special red-and-white livery this weekend.