Jorge Lorenzo will seek to draw a line under his least successful opening half to a MotoGP season when racing gets back underway at Indianapolis this weekend.

The double world champion, expected to soon confirm an extension to his Movistar Yamaha contract, is fifth in the world championship after three podiums during the opening nine rounds.

That compares with a previous worst four podiums, including one victory, at the same stage of his injury interrupted rookie 2008 season.

But Lorenzo has a strong record at Indianapolis, with five MotoGP podiums - more than any other rider - including victory in 2009.

"Back to work!" said Lorenzo. "After a very good time relaxing while on holiday I'm now keen to get back on the bike. It's always important to get some days off to recover physically and mentally, but I'm looking forward to ride in Indy.

"During this summer break I could rest and keep focused for the second half of the season. There are still nine races left and I want to give my best. I want to fight and ride in my best way to try to win.

"During the last race in Germany I felt quite comfortable with the bike and I think I can come back in good shape during this part of the year. I'm looking forward to racing in Indy, especially with the new asphalt, to check if it is better for us than in the previous years."

Lorenzo is just two points behind Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso for fourth place in the world championship, but 44 points from team-mate Valentino Rossi.

The last non-Honda MotoGP winner in the USA was Lorenzo at Laguna Seca in 2010.


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Lorenzo's head has clearly not been in it for most of this year.
I really hope he gets his mojo back because he is the only one who genuinely has the capability to take it to MM.