Four rounds into the 2012 MotoGP season and title favourites Casey Stoner, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa have impressively avoided any significant mistakes or misfortune.
The trio have filled the podium at three events - Stoner and Lorenzo finishing on the rostrum at all four rounds (including two wins each) while Pedrosa's podium run ended with a fourth place in the wet Le Mans race.
Compare that to last season, when Stoner and Pedrosa had both suffered one non-score during the opening four rounds (held at the same circuits).
Indeed, Pedrosa was already eliminated from the title chase after breaking his collarbone at Le Mans, while Lorenzo had missed the podium once.
But such speed and consistency means that title leader Lorenzo and fellow Spaniard Pedrosa are acutely aware that just one mistake could cost them heavily in 2012.
“It's been very tough this season with a lot of competition, especially in the front group with Casey [Stoner] and Dani,” said Factory Yamaha's Lorenzo, who takes an eight point lead over reigning champion Stoner into this weekend's Catalan round.
“The races have been at a very high pace and are physically demanding. To be at the front you can't stop concentrating, you have to be at the limit all the time, and of course not crash.
“To do this is always difficult, but I'm a little bit older and more experienced than the previous years, so this can make it a bit easier.”
Repsol Honda star Pedrosa, who missed last year's round due to the broken collarbone at Le Mans, added:
“As Jorge says, it's very important to keep focus and keep the pace up. There is no chance to make a mistake or go slower. You must be on the limit all the time and do it well, or you could lose a lot of points.”
Pedrosa starts this weekend 25 points from Lorenzo.