The Repsol Honda Team Looking For Another Strong Race Weekend in America

The Repsol Honda Team travels this week to Indianapolis, the second visit of the summer to the USA, with high expectations after the strong performance at Brno. Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso were the focus of attention in the Czech Republic and they aim to be the reference once again at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the twelfth round of the MotoGP Championship.

Casey Stoner took a major step forward in the fight for the title by turning a difficult weekend into a convincing victory that places him 32 points clear at the top of the standings. His record at Indy is not so convincing having only raced there twice (missing the 2009 race due to health checks), taking 4th in 2008 and crashing out of the race last year, after a positive weekend - so this is a good opportunity to settle his score with this track and try to win twice this year in America after having already done so at Laguna Seca.

Andrea Dovizioso is enjoying his best season since his arrival in MotoGP and wants to keep up this momentum. He loves racing in America and is full of confidence after scoring his fifth podium of the year at Brno. Dani Pedrosa will be aiming to finish the job he was unable to complete in the last race, crashing out after such a good weekend, and return on top at a track where he won at in 2010.

All three riders are looking forward to seeing first hand how the circuit has improved with the new surface. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is hosting a MotoGP race for the fourth successive year and it's one of the most impressive venues for both scale and reputation.

CASEY STONER – World Championship Position: 1st with 218 points
"In the past seasons the track at Indy has been extremely bumpy and also slightly dangerous so I'm looking forward to going there and riding the new surface. It will also be nice to ride the Honda there, as it took a lot of work to get the set up right on the Ducati at such a peculiar circuit. I've only ridden the circuit in 2008 and 2010 and we were pretty competitive there last year, but then I lost the front in the race, so it will be good to get there, test the new surface and get to work on the set up on my RC212V".

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – World Championship Position: 3rd with 163 points
"We arrive in Indy after a podium finish in Brno and I hope we can continue this momentum. The Indianapolis racetrack is a typical American venue with great facilities and huge grandstands, the track is not particularly interesting but all in all it's a very nice event. This year the track has been resurfaced in some parts so for sure it will be much more fun to ride as in the past it was very bumpy and there were different kind of asphalts. Last year in the practice and qualifying sessions we were fast but we struggled in the race, finishing 5th. I'm confident we can be competitive again this year, we are very motivated and focused".

DANI PEDROSA – World Championship Position: 5th with 110 points
"I'm heading to Indianapolis and really looking forward to the race. Last year we had a good race there and I hope I can repeat this again. The asphalt has changed, so we will have to adapt to the new surface, check how the tyres are working there and look for the best race setup possible. Physically I'm improving little by little; already in Brno I felt better than in the past months, so I hope I can be in good shape for the race. Obviously the last race result was very disappointing for me and my team after such a good weekend, but we take the positive things from it and move forward".

Rider Statistics - Casey Stoner

Age 25
Racing number 27
Race machine Honda RC212V
Date of birth October 16th, 1985
Birthplace Southport, Australia
Height 171cm
Weight 58Kg
Hobbies Fishing
Grand Prix debut 2001, 125cc British Grand Prix, Donington Park
First GP win 2003, 125cc Valencia Grand Prix, Valencia
GP wins 36: 2 x 125cc, 5 x 250cc, 29 x MotoGP
GP podiums 73: 10 x 125cc, 10 x 250cc, 53 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 32: 2 x 125cc, 2 x 250cc, 28 x MotoGP
World Championships 1: MotoGP (2007)
Previous results at Indianapolis 2010 DNF (MotoGP), 2009 DNS (MotoGP), 2008 4th (MotoGP)

Rider Statistics - Andrea Dovizioso

Age 25
Racing number 4
Race machine Honda RC212V
Date of birth March 23, 1986
Birthplace Forli, Italy
Height 1.65m
Weight 63kg
Hobbies MX, Supermoto
Grand Prix debut 2001, Italian Grand Prix, Mugello
First GP win 2004, Africa's Grand Prix, Welcom
GP wins 10: 5 x 125cc, 4 x 250cc, 1 x MotoGP
GP podiums 55: 15 x 125cc, 26 x 250cc, 14 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 14: 9 x 125cc, 4 x 250cc, 1 x MotoGP
World Championships 1: 125cc (2004)
Previous results at Indianapolis 2010 5th (MotoGP), 2009 4th (MotoGP), 2008 5th (MotoGP)

Rider Statistics - Dani Pedrosa

Age 25
Racing number 26
Race machine Honda RC212V
Date of birth September 29, 1985
Birthplace Sabadell - Spain
Height 1.59m
Weight 52kg
Hobbies Cycling, Music
Grand Prix debut 2001, 125cc Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
First GP win 2002, 125cc Dutch Grand Prix, Assen
GP wins 37: 8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 14 x MotoGP
GP podiums 93: 17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 52 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 36: 9 x 125cc, 9 x 250cc, 18 x MotoGP
World Championships 3: 1 x 125cc (2003); 2 x 250cc (2004, 2005)
Previous results at Indianapolis 2010 1st (MotoGP), 2009 10th (MotoGP), 2008 8th (MotoGP)

Circuit information

First race 2008
GPs held 3
Laps 28
Race distance 118.1km / 73.4miles
Track length 4.216km / 2.62miles
Track width 16m
Longest straight 0.644km / 0.4miles
Corners 16 (6 right, 10 left)
Pole position Left

4790 West 16th Street
Indianapolis
IN 46222 Website: www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com

Circuit records

Pole position 1m 39.730s (152.186 Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2009)
Race lap 1m 40.152 (151.545 Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2009)
Race time 47m 13.592 (149.976 Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2009)
MotoGP Wins 1 (Valentino Rossi 2008), 1 (Jorge Lorenzo 2009), 1 (Dani Pedrosa 2010)
2010 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)