Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies are both eying an improvement at Indianapolis this weekend compared to their previous visits to the United States. Lorenzo, leader of the championship by 23 points, was beaten to victory by Casey Stoner at Laguna Seca three weeks ago and struggled at Indianapolis last year but is hopeful of returning to winning ways.

“I really enjoy riding the Indy track, and have good memories here from my podiums in 2008 and 2010 and my great win in 2009. Last year I really struggled with grip in the race so I hope we can improve that this year. I’ve had a nice break but also been training to make sure I’m fit for this weekend!”

Spies had a nightmare weekend at Laguna Seca with heavy crashes in qualifying and the race, the latter being caused by a swingarm failure on his Yamaha, but has an excellent record at Indy. The American claimed his only pole position here as well as back-to-back podiums, a sequence he is keen to continue on Sunday.

“It’s going to be great to get out in front of all the US fans again, I love racing in America, the reception is always awesome. Indy is a track we go well at, and is pretty special to me for my first GP podium. I’m hoping we can make it three years in a row on the podium here!”