The United States of America plays host to this weekend’s MotoGP action as the summer break finally comes to an end this Sunday.
Indianapolis is the scene where the paddock will commence battle once again as Valentino Rossi looks to hold onto his slight championship lead.
The most successful riders at the Indy circuit are the Honda duo of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa with two wins each and with Jorge Lorenzo finishing on the podium in 6 of the 7 races at the track, Rossi certainly faces a stern test this weekend.
Rossi is no slouch though, with one win at the circuit to his name and a strong third position in last year’s Grand Prix it will certainly give the Italian confidence he can compete at the front of the pack.
With a 13-point lead over his Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo, the 36-year-old will be hoping to stay in touch with the Spaniard to ensure he maintains his lead in the title race.
Reigning world champion Marquez is rightly expected to be strong once again this weekend after a brilliant outing in Germany which resulted in only his second race win of the season.
The 22-year-old is most likely going to be the man to beat this weekend and with one quick look at his record around the Indy circuit it isn’t difficult to see why.
Honda team-mate and compatriot Pedrosa will be desperate to find some form this Sunday and grab his first victory of the season. But with Marquez back and glowing with confidence it will be a tough task for anyone to dethrone the undisputed king of America and a reinvigorated Valentino Rossi could do just that.
Sunday’s race is set to be a thriller as the championship begins to build towards its climax and with the Yamaha duo of Rossi and Lorenzo vying for the title it will be an intriguing round to see how the pair approach the race.
The ever reliable Rossi should be aiming to beat his team-mate whether or not he has the pace to win the grand prix this weekend. The key for Valentino is to not get dragged into any needless battles which could lead to some catastrophic consequences in his title charge as he bids to claim a tenth world title – easier said than done for a born competitor.
1. Marc Marquez
2. Valentino Rossi
3. Jorge Lorenzo