Corey Alexander arrives at Mid Ohio tied for first place in the points with rival Hayden Gillim. Alexander stated "The last few weeks off have been really good for me. I've done a lot of riding and I feel my shoulder is basically back to 100% strength. Mid Ohio is a very fun track for me, and I feel we have the potential to do well this weekend, building on what we learned as a team during last years races. I'm very anxious for the weekend to begin, because the results of this weekend will be very influential in the championship battle. I'm confident in the team and what we are capable of when everything is working well. I have to give a big thanks to the whole team and all of my sponsors including MJRS Freeman, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, Arai Helmets, Boxed Water Is Better, Defy All Odds Apparel, Oakley, Crossfit OSA, and Lapizta Watches."