With seven races left in the season, Jorge Lorenzo is running out of time to catch leader Marc Marquez, but the Movistar Yamaha rider is confident he can retain his MotoGP title.
Lorenzo is currently 59 points behind Marquez in the World Championship standings, and will look to make his first move to reduce the deficit at the British Grand Prix this weekend.
The Spaniard, though, believes that he would be topping the standings if it were not for rain wrecking havoc with a number of races.
“I think this year with the Yamaha on the tyres and electronics in general, it could be the bike that is more competitive on the dry,” he said. “Maybe we have been a bit unlucky on some tracks and especially very slow in the rain, losing a lot of points and especially with Marc. That’s why maybe in a championship with only dry races, I could be leading the championship.
“But in a championship with three or four races in the wet and a mistake in Argentina, I lose many points and now I am so far.
“Anyway, with the tyres and electronics and the tracks and conditions, anything can happen and the championship is not lost till it is lost mathematically. I don’t think about the championship, I think about trying to go fast and trying to win this race and if it is possible to recover some points here and in Misano, then the possibility to become champion is more realistic than being so far now.”
Lorenzo has enjoyed much success at Silverstone in recent years, winning three of the last five races, and the 29-year-old views this weekend’s race as a golden opportunity to close the gap between himself and Marquez on the points table.
“From the beginning in 2010 when we arrived here, I felt very well riding fast from the first laps and we got a victory and also in 2012 and 2013,” he said. “Last year on the rain we finished fourth but we were just five seconds from the win, so it was not a very bad race.
“It is a track that is a very good circuit for Yamaha because it has a lot of changes of direction and fast corners, and also for my riding – very long with a lot of different kind of corners, so let’s see this year with the Michelins and different electronics if we can have more or less the same performance as the last five or six years.”