Alice Ducati's Toni Elias has scored 45 points during the last three rounds of the MotoGP World Championship, more than he'd managed in the previous ten rounds combined and a total beaten only by Valentino Rossi's perfect 75.
"Adding the points conquered in the last three races I am second only behind Valentino Rossi who has always won in these three occasions. This for me is a really important statistic: we have found, together with my team, a good method of work which allows to be fast from the first laps so that we can be able to stay with the fastest," explained the Spaniard.
"In addition I have found a good rhythm and style on my Ducati Desmosedici GP8 Sat. I have seen some of my pictures of the last race in Misano and it shows that I am now really enjoying being on the track," he revealed. "I am happy to find a new circuit. It is always nice to learn new tracks where you can start from the same level with your opponents."
Elias, who had been fighting to keep his MotoGP seat but now has several offers to consider, will be chasing his third podium in a row at this weekend's inaugural visit to Indianapolis.
"After many years of racing is surely a pleasure to begin to work on a brand new circuit where we don't have any information to refer to," declared Alice Team technical director Fabiano Sterlacchini. "It will be fun to find out the circuit secrets lap after lap together with our riders. It is a fascinating circuit and we hope to continue the positive form also here. Toni has now confirmed all his talent, he has found a good riding style and we are sure that he will be able to perform well."
But team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, who initially seemed to adapt to the Desmosedici quicker than Elias, is still to deliver a breakthrough performance.
The Frenchman, linked with a Yamaha World Superbike ride for 2009, has scored just 13 points from the last three rounds and still counts a sixth place finish in the wet German GP as his best result of the year.
"I expect a reaction from Sylvain who hasn't yet given us great emotions," said Sterlacchini. "He has surely also been very unlucky in a couple of occasions, but now he absolutely must give his best to bring home a good result."
"I have tried, with all my energies, but [recently] at every session there was something that didn't work properly," explained Sylvain. "At Laguna Seca and Brno I thought I could enter the top five in the race, but some complications slowed us down in the race.
"I hope that the wheel of fortune will also spin in my direction because I really need it. It took me away a lot and now I have to do well. My team has always believed in me since the first test and I would like to give them some satisfaction before the end of the season. Indianapolis will be a big question mark for all riders. With my engineer Sergio Verbena we will work hard to give our best," he added.