Three races into the 2014 MotoGP season and Valentino Rossi believes it's now clear that the Honda is 'a little bit better in some areas'.

Repsol Honda's reigning champion Marc Marquez is unbeaten so far this year, with his team-mate Dani Pedrosa second in the standings. Rossi is third for Movistar Yamaha, but already 34 points from the top.

"I think that I can give better help this year, because I know the bike better compared to last year, I always have better settings and I can push more. So I can help Jorge more to improve the bike," said Rossi.

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"I think that our bike is great, the problem is Honda! That is a little bit better in some areas. I think the situation now is quite clear.

"Now we have to try to understand where to work on the bike, especially to use the tyres in a better way. I think this will be the key to improve the M1, I hope as soon as possible, but I think we need time."

Yamaha's efforts to reign-in Honda have been further complicated by this year's ban on Factory in-season engine development.

However one area that The Doctor ruled out as playing into Honda's hands is the predicted high temperatures at Jerez this weekend.

"I don't think that the heat is particularly worse for Yamaha compared to Honda," he declared.