Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will head into Sunday's race in Indianapolis with both riders vying for the win, despite Marquez's superior position in the World Championship.
Marquez's chances of defending his title looked all but over after a poor start to the season, but he bounced back strongly to finish second at Assen in late June and claim top spot in last month's race at the Sachsenring.
As a result, he now finds himself just 52 points behind second-placed Jorge Lorenzo, and a further 13 points adrift of Championship leader Valentino Rossi.
The Repsol Honda rider has secured pole position for Sunday's race, with his team-mate Pedrosa alongside him on the front row of the grid.
Any daylight that Marquez can put between himself and the two Yamaha riders will be extremely beneficial but he insists that they have not yet reached the stage where team orders might be implemented; with Pedrosa free to race for the victory, something Marquez feels he his stable-mate is capable of achieving.
“Dani is in a good performance, but that also means he can beat me!” Marquez said. “At the moment we are first and second here, also in Germany. Sure will arrive some racetracks where we will struggle a little bit more.
“But I'm happy for the team because honestly we were struggling in the first races and now I come back, Dani come back, so it looks like everything is coming better. But yeah, sometimes maybe we can put him in the middle, but sometimes also he can beat me.”
And Marquez insists that he is not looking for his team-mate to race for his benefit this early in the season.
“No, because we are not in the situation of this and you know already in 2013 we did our race in Valencia [where Marquez vied with Lorenzo for the title] and we are not in the situation to do this, because I think Dani also can win many races from here to the end of the season,” Marquez said.
“Just we must concentrate on our work and try to be the best of the weekend. It's logical and normal that everyone is doing their own job.”
Asked if assisting Marquez would be his focus, Pedrosa unsurprisingly said that he would be looking after his own race first and foremost.
“I think you know the answer! Of course I would like to win the race because it's been hard at the beginning this year, but I know I'm coming [back] little by little," he said.
"Obviously being in the front is better for the team. I just have to focus on doing my race the best I can and if this means I can stay in the front, for a win or a podium, it's always positive.”