Rossi: Jorge can win anywhere

Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is not taking his lead in the MotoGP Standings for granted and still feels that team-mate and closest rival Jorge Lorenzo is a big threat.

The Italian is 23 points ahead of Lorenzo on the standings with five rounds remaining, but feels that his lead means nothing as things can change without warning.

If Lorenzo wins all the remaining five races and Rossi finishes second in all those races, Lorenzo would win the title by two points.

Reigning champion Marc Marquez is currenlty 63 points behind Rossi, and could get in between the two Yamaha riders should he win any of the remaining races and cost either of them points.

"For me the championship situation is that first of all Marquez is far but until he is not out mathematically, he is still in the championship. So we have to consider him," Rossi said. 

"About Jorge and me, for sure 23 points is a good advantage with five races. But we still have to try to win every weekend or arrive on the podium, because Jorge has the potential to win everywhere and also Marc. 

"Which means if you start to think too much about the championship you can lose nine points every Sunday. And nine points for five races is more than my advantage. So we need to try to arrive in front of Jorge." 

In this weekend's upcoming race at Aragon, if Rossi can push his lead in the standings past 25 points, going forward to the remaining races he then mentally knows he will still have the championship lead even if he does complete a race.