Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa
and Casey Stoner
will continue their quest to hunt down MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo
at this weekend's Indianapolis round.
After ten of 18 events, Lorenzo sits 23-points clear of Pedrosa and 32-point ahead of reigning champion Stoner, who won just before the summer break at Laguna Seca.
Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner are all former Indianapolis winners, with Stoner beating Pedrosa to victory by 4.8s in last year's grand prix.
The straight-talking Australian isn't a fan of the Indy MotoGP circuit, which uses the front straight of the Indy 500 oval before peeling off into the infield - using a layout originally designed for F1, albeit to be used in the opposite direction.
“After the great win in Laguna, we've had a nice break in the U.S, it's always good to take some time off here and spend some time with some friends,” began Stoner.
“I'm not the biggest fan of Indy, mainly because we don't go on the historical track but the infield and in the wrong direction!
“The track is very flat and plain, also very tight. There are a couple of corners that can be fun but the majority are difficult, tight and there isn't any natural flow to the track. It's nice to visit a track with such great history but it's a shame we don't really experience any of that.
“We've had some good results there and won last year, but we'll have to wait until we get there to see how the RC213V will work around there this year".
While Stoner has won four races and Lorenzo five, Pedrosa will be seeking his second 2012 victory on Sunday.
"I had a very good summer break; in these two weeks I was able to relax a little, enjoy time with friends and get back into my training,” said the Spaniard. “At this time of year, Indianapolis is normally very hot so fitness is always key.
“I enjoy riding at this track and I've had good results in the past. I am really looking forward to this race and will fight to win and maintain the consistency we have showed in the first part of the Championship".
Stoner and Pedrosa were among the riders unhappy with the grip from the new asphalt debuted for last year's event.