It would be no surprise if Ben Spies is to end his 2012 podium drought at Indianapolis this weekend.
The Texan, who will leave the Factory Yamaha team for an unknown destination at the end of this year, has qualified on the front row and finished on the podium at Indy for the past two seasons.
It is the only circuit on the calendar where the one-time MotoGP race winner has enjoyed repeat podium success.
“It's going to be great to get out in front of all the US fans again, I love racing in America, the reception is always awesome,” he said “ Indy is a track we go well at, and is pretty special to me for my first GP podium. I'm hoping we can make it three years in a row on the podium here!”
Spies' best finish so far this year is a fourth place and he crashed out of the previous US round after yet more race day drama, this time in the form of a collapsed swingarm.
Team director Massimo Meregalli is hoping Spies can pick up where he left off before his accident at Laguna Seca.
“It's the second home race for Ben so expectations are quite high as he's always performed well here,” he said. “He was riding a very strong race in Laguna until the technical issue cased his crash so we are expecting that speed and form to continue here. We are confident he can fight to be on the podium for the third year running.”
Valentino Rossi will replace Spies at Yamaha next year.