Valentino Rossi says he is refreshed and ready to defend his advantage in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship as he looks to protect his series lead and continue his unbroken podium streak this season at Indianapolis.
In a year that has seen the motorcycling legend revive some of his best form on the Movistar Yamaha, Rossi's three wins and nine podiums from the opening-half of the season saw him enter the summer break with a 13 point lead over team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.
Kicking off the second-half to the season at the iconic 'Brickyard', though Rossi openly admits it is not a favourite venue of his, he is a previous winner there having triumphed back at its inaugural round in 2008.
“I'm ready to start racing again during the second part of the season. After nine races, this stop was very important so I could recharge myself. Now there are another nine races waiting for us and each of these will be very important for the championship.
“The first part went very well with nine podiums in nine races and I hope that the second part of this season will go just as well. Some of the tracks we're going to I really like, I have to be defensive at others.
“We start with Indianapolis, not one of my favourite circuits but there's always a great atmosphere here and the circuit is very nice. I'm ready to go!"
Behind Lorenzo, German Grand Prix winner Marc Marquez is fourth in the standings, 65 points adrift.