Jorge Lorenzo has denied that the 2009 MotoGP World Championship is now a two-rider contest between himself and Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.
After ten of 17 rounds, reigning six time MotoGP champion Rossi holds a 25 point lead over Lorenzo, with third placed Casey Stoner (Ducati) 37 points from the top.
But with Stoner missing the next three rounds to try and shake off a mystery illness, fourth placed Dani Pedrosa (the top Honda rider) is the next realistic challenger - and he is a massive 72 points behind Rossi.
“Dani is currently more than 70 points behind but you can not rule him out, because in this championship a thousand and one different things could happen,” said Lorenzo. “It looks like there are two riders with a real chance, especially Valentino, but mathematically you can't rule any of the top guys out.”
Rossi has taken four race wins so far this season, with Lorenzo and Stoner winning two events. Pedrosa has one victory, but says he is now approaching full fitness for the first time this season after a series of injuries.
A potential 175 points remain up for grabs in the remaining seven rounds of the year.