Casey Stoner admits the Indianapolis Motor Speedway isn’t among his favourite race tracks of the season despite his success twelve months ago. The Australian crushed the opposition on his way to the title last year but isn’t a fan of the circuit’s stop-start nature. Despite that, he doesn’t see a reason why he can’t be competitive this weekend.

“After the great win in Laguna, we’ve had a nice break in the U.S, it’s always good to take some time off here and spend some time with some friends. I’m not the biggest fan of Indy, mainly because we don’t go on the historical track but the infield and in the wrong direction! The track is very flat and plain, also very tight. There are a couple of corners that can be fun but the majority are difficult, tight and there isn’t any natural flow to the track. It’s nice to visit a track with such great history but it’s a shame we don’t really experience any of that. We’ve had some good results there and won last year, but we’ll have to wait until we get there to see how the RC213V will work around there this year”.

Stoner’s victory at Laguna Seca last time out has moved him to within 32 points of the championship lead and nine of his teammate Dani Pedrosa. In contrast to Stoner, the Spaniard enjoys the 4.216km track and hopes to leave with his second win of the year.

“I had a very good summer break; in these two weeks I was able to relax a little, enjoy time with friends and get back into my training. At this time of year, Indianapolis is normally very hot so fitness is always key. I enjoy riding at this track and I’ve had good results in the past. I am really looking forward to this race and will fight to win and maintain the consistency we have showed in the first part of the Championship”.