Valentino Rossi is expecting a "great fight" with Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo for the 2015 title, but he warns it is important not to look too far ahead.
Having led the Riders' standings since the first race in Qatar, Rossi finds himself tied on 211 points with Lorenzo, but the Spaniard is leading the Championship as Sunday's victory in Brno was his fifth of the season compared to Rossi's two.
With seven rounds still to go, the legendary Italian admits it is shaping up to be a great season.
"It is unbelievable that after eleven races we have equal points, so it means that it will be – and is already – a great fight," he said. "Jorge after the summer break came back in great shape. Two fantastic races, also in Indy where he fought with Marc until the last lap.
"To arrive in Valencia and fight with him for the championship we have to work to be stronger and try to go faster.
"The difference [between us] is coming from the speed that you can achieve, especially on Sunday, and usually Jorge is always very, very fast in all conditions. We have to work hard to improve for try to fight until the end."
Next up is the British round and, although Rossi has won there seven times, the 36-year-old warns that there are several tracks on the calendar that favours Lorenzo.
"Every year is different, but on paper I think there are more tracks where Jorge is stronger than me," he said. "But have also some tracks where we are very equal. But this is not the way to think, the way to think is just try to understand the way to go faster in Silverstone and then after see for the next race.
"This is the way. Step-by-step. Weekend-by-weekend. Try to be ready under all conditions because for sure Silverstone is difficult. Always in the past I'm struggling but last year was a little bit better, even if always Jorge is very strong there from the very first year of the MotoGP race."