MotoGP World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo looked care-free and relaxed during the Mugello pre-event press conference, but dismissed his nine point advantage as almost meaningless at this early stage of the season.
"We've only done three races. Maybe it seems like the championship [favourites] are clear, but I don't think so,” said Lorenzo, winner of the last two events.
“There is a long time yet before the championship is finished; we have 15 more races between now and the end of the season. More than 300 points. We've barely started.
“I don't feel any pressure for this race, or for the championship. This is just one race more to enjoy.
“The riders and fans all enjoy this track. It's so much fun to ride and you need to be very smooth,” added the Spaniard, who will be taking on team-mate and reigning champion Valentino Rossi in his home event.
Lorenzo finished second in last year's wet to dry race at Mugello, despite crashing his Fiat Yamaha on the warm-up lap.
"I thought my race was over last year when I crashed on the warm-up lap, but the bike was not damaged and I went on to make an almost perfect race in the drying conditions," said Lorenzo. "This year I hope it stays dry on Sunday, but it's also fun to race here in the wet."