Reigning and youngest Champion Marc Marquez has completely and thoroughly dominated the first half of the season with a solid 9-for-9 win. While, team mate Dani Pedrosa has been a consistent podium finisher to hold a firm second spot in the Riders’ standings. After the month’s rest, both Repsol Honda riders are definitely recharged and ready for the full swing into the busy second half of the season. If Marquez breaks the ten-for-ten win at the Brickyard then he would equal 5-time champion Mick Doohan’s impeccable ten straight victories record in 1997. Doohan still holds the most wins record with twelve in a season. “I’ve had time to reflect on what an amazing first nine races we’ve had and now I’m really eager to get back on the bike in Indianapolis!” Marquez beamed. “I’ve always liked the track and it will be interesting to see the changes that they’ve made, so we’ll need to pay attention from the first practice session and get back into our rhythm as quickly as possible.”
Pedrosa has had three more rostrum finishes including a one-two (2nd of the season) at the last race in Sachsenring, prior to the break. He has been one of the most consistent riders at Indy, with two wins in 2010 and 2012, and is targeting a fifth successive rostrum at the track this weekend.
In the Yamaha camp, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo hope to break the Repsol Honda spell at Indy. Rossi has had a rather successful first half of the season where he’d accumulated five podium spots. In the second half, the 9-time champion intends to pick up a couple of wins to add to his illustrious premier class record. Rossi stands in third place in the riders’ race behind the Repsol Honda riders with 141 points, just seven points behind Pedrosa.
Meanwhile, Lorenzo had a challenging start to the season but kept his head down and gradually returned to form. His season’s highlights after the first nine included the thrilling battle in Mugello and his strong races in Argentina and Germany. The summer break has given Lorenzo time to recover both physically and mentally, leaving him ready to give his all the coming nine races. The 2012 champion lies fifth in the riders’ standings, two points behind Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso, who’s fourth.
Dovizioso has stepped onto the Indianapolis podium once, with a third place in 2012, while in his three races at Indy, Crutchlow’s best result was fifth place last year. After the last round in Germany, there has been some important news on the Ducati rider front: Dovizioso has renewed his contract with Ducati for two more years, while Crutchlow has not been re-instated for the next season.