Jorge Lorenzo will not be lulled into a false sense of security as heads into Sunday's final race of the MotoGP season at Valencia in a strong position to claim the World Championship.
Lorenzo is currently seven points behind his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in the battle for the title, but Rossi will start from the back of the grid as a result of a penalty for forcing Marc Marquez off his bike in Sepang. Lorenzo meanwhile ensured that there was maximum distance between himself and the Italian by securing pole position on Saturday.
Despite this, the Spaniard is mindful that there is much work to be done before he can secure the title.
“Yes, for sure [Rossi can win title] – he has seven points of an advantage and the race has to be run, so if [on Sunday] for some reasons if I cannot finish, Valentino is the champion,” said Lorenzo.
“In motorcycle racing anything can happen and especially in MotoGP and for sure as for me it is not so simple, because I have to finish first or second to be more or less sure that I can win the championship because for Valentino it will be very difficult to arrive better than the fourth position, but not impossible.
“So it's important to be fast, to be quick, to be consistent and don't make mistakes.”
The 28-year-old has insisted that he will not look to do anything different during Sunday's race despite the circumstances.
“I will try to be myself, try to be Jorge on the bike, every corner, every lap, and not more or not less,” he said.
“I will try and it's not sure that it's going to be like that, but I will try to be myself – the same as I did this year: we had different results at every race, but I always tried to be myself on the bike and ride at my best.
“I don't think it's good thing to have too many things on my mind. We have some hours to plan the strategy for tomorrow, maybe even tomorrow after the warm-up. I think especially in the first laps it is important to have a clear mind and to just do your race and try to have a good pace,” Lorenzo added.
“I think from the middle of the race this information [Rossi's progress in the race] can be good to know, but I think the race plan is to try to be as fast as possible and try to finish as strong as possible.”