Dani Pedrosa has done his best to avoid speculating on the MotoGP title chase, but even he admits it would be massive for Spain if he can keep the fight alive to the final round in Valencia.
Lorenzo currently holds a 23-point advantage and Pedrosa needs to keep Lorenzo's title lead at less than 26 points at Phillip Island this weekend, in order to force a final round showdown at Valencia.
“It would be good to decide the title at the final round, because first of all it's two Spanish riders for the championship and the final round is in Spain,” said Pedrosa, a 125 and double 250cc world champion, who took his last title in 2005.
“It's been a long time since I was in this position. Fighting until the end of a championship. But now I am just focused on each practice. No more thinking about any [title] possibilities.”
The Repsol Honda star is in the best form of his career, having won six races this season - including the last three in a row and all but one of the past six rounds.
Pedrosa, taken out on lap one at Misano, hasn't been beaten on track by Lorenzo since July's Laguna Seca round.
“There is no difference now from the last races. Just try to go out, do some good practice and try to enjoy and keep focused. That's all I can do. I'm enjoying this moment,” he said.
“Riding here at Phillip Island is always special, there are many corners where you can steer the bike with the gas. It is wonderful to be here with this horsepower, especially the last corner and main straight.”