The pressure is building on reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo after Marc Marquez extended his lead at the top of the standings on Sunday, but the Movistar Yamaha rider insists that he can still catch up to the Spaniard.
Marquez currently holds a 48-point lead over Lorenzo, who sits in second place on the points table, after winning the German Grand Prix for the seventh consecutive time in his career, a run which stretches back to his days in Moto2.
Even though the Repsol Honda rider has a healthy lead at the halfway point of the season, Lorenzo, who came 15th on Sunday, is confident that he still has a chance to retain his title.
“No, no, the championship is not finished until we don't have the mathematical chance to win. Everything can happen,” he told reporters. “We saw today that Marc, who is very brave in other conditions, very fast in other conditions, crashed this morning in the warm-up and he's been lucky not to get injured, no?
“We saw in other championships that a leader with a big advantage can lose the championship. You have to be positive and still believe that it's possible [to win].
“But firstly we have to recover the confidence, recover the good results that we don't have now. It has been three races very bad for us, in different circumstances.”
Lorenzo admitted that his disappointing performance at the Sachsenring was partly down to a strategy error as Movistar Yamaha made him change his bike too late into the race.
He also attributed his 15th place finish to the lack of pace the Michelin tyres have in wet conditions.
“I must do something, sincerely, with the Michelin tyres, in these conditions,” he said. “With the Bridgestone, I could sometimes fight for the win, sometimes I could fight for the fifth place – but now, with this bike and these tyres and these conditions, I struggle much more.
“In the warm-up, I was terrible, four seconds slower than the fastest one. In the race, I improved my speed – one second, one and a half [off], I could stay with Dani [Pedrosa] in the beginning, with Pol [Espargaro], more or less.
“But when it dried up, I started to lose the front feeling, the others could keep the pace and I couldn't.
“I hope [it gets better]. I hope I will do something to improve as much as I can, to improve my confidence. I am seeing that it's not easy for me, with my riding, to get quickly the confidence with these tyres. I have to do something.”