He could hardly have wished for a better first half of the 2015 MotoGP season, but Valentino Rossi knows the job is far from done.
With three race wins and another six podiums to his name, Rossi finds himself with a handy 13-point lead over Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo with only nine of the 18 races still to go.
The summer break is also done and dusted and the action will resume this weekend at Indianapolis, a track where the Italian has tasted success only once in seven attempts.
"I'm ready to start racing again during the second part of the season," Rossi said. Adding: "After nine races, this stop was very important so I could recharge myself.
"Now there are another nine races waiting for us and each of these will be very important for the championship.
"The first part went very well with nine podiums in nine races and I hope that the second part of this season will go just as well.
"Some of the tracks we’re going to I really like, I have to be defensive at others. We start with Indianapolis, not one of my favourite circuits but there’s always a great atmosphere here and the circuit is very nice. I'm ready to go!"