MotoGP title contender Dani Pedrosa is not yet fully recovered from the left collarbone fracture suffered at the Sachsenring, but the welcome time off since Laguna Seca means he is feeling 'much better' ahead of this weekend's Indianapolis event.

After sitting out the German race due to the shoulder injury, costing him the title lead to rookie team-mate Marc Marquez, Pedrosa returned to claim a brave fifth just one week later at Laguna Seca, on July 21.

Nevertheless, Marquez won the US round and is now 16 points ahead of Pedrosa heading into the second half of the season, which starts at Indy this weekend.

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"It's been a good Summer break and I'm feeling much stronger physically. I've had time to relax with some friends and also have lots of physiotherapy on my shoulder to prepare myself for this second part of the season," said Pedrosa.

"I've had a medical check in the last days and we can see the bone getting stronger. It still needs a few more weeks to recover completely, but my feeling is already much better than in Laguna.

"It's important to remain focused, especially now as we have three races in a row. I've had good results at Indy in the past few years, I enjoy riding there and now I am eager to get back on the bike and ride at my best!"

Pedrosa won at Indianapolis in both 2010 and 2012. Marquez also has a strong record at the famous American venue, winning for the past two seasons in the Moto2 class.

"I like the Indianapolis track and I'm interested to see how the grip is on the Bridgestone tyres because it seems this has been an issue in the past," he said. "As usual, we will take our time in FP1 and try to find our feeling on the bike at this track and also after this Summer break, and hope for a good weekend!"

Marquez has won three races so far this year, including the last two in a row. Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, also hampered by collarbone injuries in recent events, will also be much fitter this weekend.