Stefan Bradl starts the final four rounds of the 2011 Moto2 season having seen a 62-point championship lead reduced to just six ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.
Bradl (Kalex) won four of the opening six races, with his title lead reaching its peak after the last of those victories at Silverstone.
By that stage rookie Marc Marquez (Suter) was just eighth in the championship and 82 points from Bradl, but the Spaniard has won six of the seven races since Silverstone, adding to one victory before the British round.
Young German Bradl has now vowed to forget about the championship and return to racing for wins.
“I can forget about the championship now. I don't want to think about it anymore," he said. "The only good thing is that I really like the next two circuits. I won the 125 race at Motegi in 2008 and was very fast in qualifying at Phillip Island last year. We had some bad luck at the last race when my rear tyre moved on the rim, but we hope everything will be okay at the next races.”
Marquez arrives in Japan having won the last three races in a row.
“We will see what happens in Japan - I like the circuit. There has been some talk about [radiation] safety, but I'm happy to go there, no problem," he said. "I like the circuit a lot, so we will see if we can maintain the same level. On Friday we start from zero and try to do best like always.”
Third in the standings Andrea Iannone (Suter), is 89 points from Bradl, but only ten ahead of Alex de Angelis (MotoBI).
“I had a few doubts about going, but have been reassured by various people that everything is okay," said the double 2011 race winner. "I'm happy to be there and I plan to be fast and competitive again. My team is doing a great job and at Motegi we will do everything we can to get the bike right earlier in the weekend. If we can do that then we can have an even better bike for the race.”
The top three riders in the championship have won the past three 125cc races at Motegi, Marquez last year, Iannone in 2009, and Bradl in 2008. Bradl was seventh in last year's Moto2 race, Iannone was 13th.
Bradl, Marquez and Iannone have been linked with a possible move to MotoGP next season.