Dani Pedrosa needs something to shake-up the recent 2012 MotoGP order if he is to bridge the 28-point gap to title leader Jorge Lorenzo.
Pedrosa has finished first and Lorenzo second in four of the past five races - ever since Casey Stoner's Indianapolis injury - the exception being Pedrosa's Misano accident, where he was taken out on the opening lap.
With only three races remaining, Pedrosa needs greater gains than the five points between first and second.
That could come from another rider stepping forward to challenge the Spaniards - Repsol Honda team-mate Stoner is the most likely, but his ankle is far from fully healed - or perhaps some weather intervention.
Changeable weather is almost guaranteed this weekend at Sepang, but Pedrosa said it is of little significance.
“We cannot do anything about the weather,” shrugged Pedrosa. “We'll just wait for practice and try to adapt as well as possible to the situation.”
Pedrosa hasn't raced at Sepang since 2009, due to injuries in 2010, but has finished on the podium in all four of his previous premier-class appearances.
“It is a track where everybody comes for testing so it's well known. In the past I've done some good races. It will be important to keep focus again and ride well,” he said.
“I just hope the bike is working well here also.
“It is about trying to get the best performance on every lap now. There is not much more we can do [in terms of the championship]. Just enjoy riding and enjoy the moment.”
Lorenzo has finished no lower than second so far this season, with his only non-score being inflicted at Assen, following a turn one mistake from Alvaro Bautista.
The Yamaha rider will be champion if he wins on Sunday and Pedrosa scores less than three points.