If Jorge Lorenzo wins Sunday's Malaysian MotoGP and title rival Dani Pedrosa scores less than three points, the 2012 World Championship will have been decided with two rounds still to go.
That scenario has occurred once this year, at Misano - where Lorenzo won and Pedrosa was taken out on the opening lap - but the Factory Yamaha rider knows the likelihood of a repeat is too small to contemplate.
“It [the title] is a possibility, but it is difficult for this to happen, so I don't think too much about it,” said Lorenzo, who holds a 28-point advantage over Pedrosa.
“I will just try and achieve my maximum potential in every session and especially the race. And stay focussed and get some points on Sunday.”
Lorenzo was openly disappointed to be beaten by Pedrosa last Sunday in Japan, an event that marked the Honda rider's fourth win from the past five rounds, the exception being Misano.
“In Japan we tried everything to win the race,” said Lorenzo, who led for the first eleven laps. “I went really well in practice and in the race I tried to escape, but it was not possible so I finished second.
“But this is a different track, different conditions, different circumstances. We will wait for tomorrow to see how everything is.”
Lorenzo has won six races this year and Pedrosa five. Both Spaniards know the challenging Sepang circuit well from previous races and winter tests.
“It is a long track, very wide,” said Lorenzo. “Normally it is very hot, so the bike is less powerful. You have everything, long corners, slow corners, chicane. It is a complicated track.
“Normally during the afternoon it rains every day, so we all hope it won't happen in the race on Sunday.”
Lorenzo secured his previous MotoGP title at Sepang in 2010.