Aug 14, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Repsol Honda
FIM MotoGP World Championship: Dani Pedrosa (26) in action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012.
Championship resumes in Indianapolis after Summer break
After a three week break, the MotoGP World Championship restarts this weekend at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Repsol Honda riders, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are currently first and second respectively in the Championship standings and arrive in America refreshed and ready to resume the fight. For Dani in particular, this Summer break has been gratefully received. Dani suffered a big crash in Germany in mid-July and the doctors would not allow him to race. However, he rode to a courageous 5th place in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Seca just before the break. Having had three weeks to rest and recuperate, Dani is now almost back to 100% and will be hoping to return to the podium at a circuit where he's won twice in MotoGP class (2012 and 2010).
Teammate Marc, inspired after his back-to-back GP wins in Germany and Laguna Seca, will be looking for another fine performance in Indianapolis where he has been victorious the past two seasons in the Moto2 class.
Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 163 points
"After a good break, where I've managed to relax a little and also do some training, I'm looking forward to getting back on track! It's been good to have this time off to think about my first few months in MotoGP and reflect on my performances and what I've learnt but now I'm ready to get back on the bike! I like the Indianapolis track and I'm interested to see how the grip is on the Bridgestone tyres because it seems this has been an issue in the past. As usual, we will take our time in FP1 and try to find our feeling on the bike at this track and also after this Summer break, and hope for a good weekend!"
Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 2nd - 147 points
"It's been a good Summer break and I'm feeling much stronger physically. I've had time to relax with some friends and also have lots of physiotherapy on my shoulder to prepare myself for this second part of the season. I've had a medical check in the last days and we can see the bone getting stronger. It still needs a few more weeks to recover completely but my feeling is already much better than in Laguna. It's important to remain focused, especially now as we have three races in a row. I've had good results at Indy in the past few years, I enjoy riding there and now I am eager to get back on the bike and ride at my best!"