Jorge Lorenzo heads to the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix knowing he needs to score just seven more points than sole rival Dani Pedrosa to wrap up the MotoGP title with three rounds remaining.
Although he finished off the podium for the second race in succession at Motegi, following a thrilling – and contentious - battle with FIAT Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, injury for Pedrosa means Lorenzo is very well placed to take the title at Sepang.
With a 69 point advantage over Pedrosa, Lorenzo needs to score just seven more points than his Spanish counterpart in Malaysia to confirm the inevitable.
Furthermore, with Pedrosa – who flew home to Barcelona after receiving surgery on his fractured collarbone – yet to confirm whether he will return to Asia to participate in Malaysia, Lorenzo may just need a ninth place finish in his rival's absence to win.
Indeed, Lorenzo is focused fully on sealing the title at Sepang, a circuit he has enjoyed significant success at in the past.
"All I am thinking about is Sunday and if I can win the title. It's been one of the dreams of my life and it would be great to get it here in Sepang. I like Malaysia a lot and I've done so many kilometres there testing on my M1, plus I have great memories from winning the 250 championship there in 2007.
“The track is long and modern but the weather can be a problem because it can be too hot and also rain can cause problems. Last year was a bit crazy with the rain and then I had to start from last on the grid! I would definitely prefer it to be dry this year.
“The team and I will focus in the same way we have all season, working hard from Friday and with the goal of podium or victory. We hope for the best result we can get."
Should he compete, Pedrosa would need to win each of the last four races – including Sepang - to overhaul Lorenzo's advantage if he finishes ahead of him in Malaysia.