Jorge Lorenzo believes he will need to win at least two of the remaining three races in order to inflict a shock 2009 MotoGP title defeat upon Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.
The young Spaniard, nearing the end of only his second season in MotoGP - compared with almost ten seasons for Rossi - closed to within 18 points of the reigning six time champion with victory last time out in Estoril.
“After Estoril I have more options to fight for the title. It is a big difference from being 50 points behind [after Brno] to being only 18,” said Lorenzo, speaking on the eve of this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
“But also there are only three races left and for sure if we want to win the title we have to win at least two races. So it is very difficult, but we have this option and we don't have anything to lose, so we will try,” he declared.
Like Rossi, Lorenzo believes that Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa - who pushed Rossi back to fourth at Estoril - will continue to play a part in the title fight.
“They are really fast, especially Casey,” said Lorenzo, who has won four races this season compared with six for Rossi. “Casey has won at this track for the last two years and it is a good track for Ducati. Dani can be fast also. Like Vale said it can be an advantage or disadvantage so we will see what happens.”