Arriving at the Valencia season finale 13-points behind Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo's hopes of a third MotoGP title are still within reach - yet out of his own control.

Lorenzo needs rookie Marquez to finish outside of the top four, even if he wins on Sunday.

However momentum is clearly with the Yamaha rider, whose victories in Phillip Island and Motegi - combined with a disqualification for Marquez - have seen him suddenly gain 30-points on the title leader.

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"It has been a very important last two races," said Lorenzo on Thursday. "In Phillip Island we were very lucky with Marc's mistake because he was very strong and it would have been difficult to win. Also in Japan we did a fabulous race in the home of Honda.

"So we are in good shape and arrive here with the championship still alive. So we are very proud we didn't give up at any time this year and we've had the most race victories, so we are very happy at this moment."

But he also reflected on what might have been. Lorenzo fractured a collarbone at Assen and, most significantly, re-damaged it next time in Germany. That caused his only non-score of the year, although it was the two third places directly after the summer break that he highlighted as most costly.

"There were races after my last injury in Germany where we were trying to win, but we couldn't fight with Marc and Dani in the last part of the race and finished third several times," he said.

"We lost [18 points to Marquez] and now we have 13 points disadvantage, but anyway we have also won a lot of races to take points back off Marc. So I don't regret anything. Just learn from the mistakes for the future.

"Now we have the situation we have and have to play our cards in the best way possible."

Since Lorenzo needs other riders to finish ahead of Marquez, 'playing his cards' might mean an unusual race strategy. However Lorenzo insists he is simply aiming to win, then see what happens, although he hopes team-mate Valentino Rossi will help him out if possible.

"I'm sure that if Valentino can help he would like to help me, as I would like to help him if he was in the same situation as me," said Lorenzo. "But the important thing as always is to be fast. If you are not fast you lose points, not gain them.

"I think the best strategy is to try to win the race. That's it. That's the only thing I can do. We are fighting with a lot of Honda riders and that's the only thing we can do. Let's see if it rains on Sunday, but in normal circumstances I think it is very difficult."

The first MotoGP showdown since 2006 - involving two Spaniards on home ground - means Sunday's contest is set to be played out in front of a massive crowd.

"I think Marc and myself must be very proud, as Spaniards, that we are fighting for this MotoGP title. The expectation is for a full crowd of spectators on Sunday and we have to enjoy the moment," said Lorenzo.