Jorge Lorenzo is looking to strengthen his position in the MotoGP standings with another encouraging performance on the championship's maiden visit to Indianapolis this weekend.
Lorenzo's season has been fraught with well documented crests and troughs, but his fortunes took a turn for the better last time out at Misano when he completed a Fiat Yamaha 1-2 behind team-mate Valentino Rossi.
The result has pulled the Spaniard into the outside fight for second in the championship where he is currently 47 points behind Casey Stoner now, although Andrea Dovizioso continues to threaten his position as 'best of the rest', 22 points behind in fifth.
Lorenzo, whose second place in San Marino was his first podium since France, is now hoping to become part of the history of a legendary circuit that he has grown up watching in 'movies and on the television'.
“Returning to the United States is really exciting for me, not for the fact we're going back there but because we're racing at a completely new circuit. Indianapolis is a historic place, which we have all heard people talking about at one time or another. It's a track I've seen hundreds of times in movies and on the television.”
“As far as I'm concerned, I just want to keep in a good run of form and stay at the level we found at San Marino, where everything worked as we'd hoped once again. The whole team and myself have to focus throughout all four sessions because they will be crucial to prepare for the race.
“There are five rounds until the end of the world championship and we have to keep fighting to meet our objectives. This is the first of a difficult run of races outside Europe.”