Casey Stoner completed a perfect weekend with a dominant victory in Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix, which marked his 30th MotoGP win and extended his 2011 championship advantage to almost two race wins.
Team-mate Dani Pedrosa took the early race lead, until pole sitter Stoner overtook the Spaniard on lap 7 of 28, then stretched his lead to remain unchallenged for the remainder of the race.
Stoner also set the fastest race lap on the tricky new asphalt, en route to his seventh win of the season so far.
"We got an ok start and I should have been a little more aggressive in the first corner," said Stoner. "As I entered turn two Dani hit the breaks quite hard and I just had nothing, my brakes weren't warmed up yet and I had trouble stopping, I was lucky to get through the first lap.
"The race was tough, conditions were very hot and the track surface a little more slippery than practice and qualifying which made things difficult to know how much to push. At one point I closed the front and dropped the bike on my knee, I was pretty much down but managed to pick it back up and not lose too much confidence.
"From there we started to make our way past Dani, put in a few good lap times and pulled an advantage."
The Australian, critical of the circuit and asphalt throughout the weekend, insisted that his first Indy victory wouldn't change his opinion of the track.
"I'm not like some other riders that really enjoy tracks just because they win there," he said.
"Mugello is one of my most favorite circuits, and I've only won there once. I look at what quality the circuit has rather than just memories.
"We ride at a lot of different tracks around the world and I can't honestly say this is better than most of them."
Stoner now leads the championship by 44 points over Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, who could only finish fourth at Indy.
“There are crucial points throughout the whole season and we've just got to make sure that we keep our heads down and try to win races. That's what I enjoy most, and that's what we're here to do," said Stoner of the championship.
Round 13 of 18 takes place at Misano this Sunday.