Boxing may be decided at the twelfth round, but the MotoGP title battle between Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo is starting from scratch at Silverstone this weekend.
The Movistar Yamaha team-mates are tied on 211 points, with Lorenzo technically knocking Rossi from the top spot - which he has held since round one - due to a superior 5-3 win tally.
“I'm quite happy after winning again in Brno,” Lorenzo said. “The last time I won there was in 2010, so I think it was also important for Yamaha to be back on the podium after five years.
“Now it's time to go to England and I love that place. Especially the track is a great opportunity for us; it has a nice layout where our Yamaha YZR-M1 always behaves in a perfect way.
“It's a very enjoyable track but also very demanding because it's long and has plenty of high speed corners and change of directions, so you need to be in a perfect shape to be able to fight for the podium.
“I won several races at Silverstone in the past and I feel good there so hopefully this season we can achieve another great result on British soil.”
Lorenzo has won three of the five Silverstone MotoGPs - 2010, 2012 and 2013 - losing out to Honda's Marc Marquez by just 0.7s last season. Rossi has a less successful Silverstone record, making his first podium visit with a distant third in last year's race.
“I'm always very happy to go to England for the British Grand Prix in Silverstone,” Rossi said. “It is a race with so much history and the atmosphere is always very nice during this weekend. There are many racing fans and you can feel the passion of the crowd each time you move in the paddock.
“I really like this circuit, it's very fast and technical. I have done good races at this track and I am happy that the next race will be at Silverstone.
“We are at a very important point of the season and I hope I can have a good race! We have to improve the set-up of the bike and get ready for the race on Sunday. Now that Jorge and I are level on points it will be very important to consistently be fast.”
Rossi will be made an Honorary Member of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) this weekend and officially presented with his membership by BRDC president Derek Warwick.
“I know it's very difficult to become a member of this exclusive club, there are very selective criteria. There is no rider in the BRDC, I will be the first and for this I am even more honoured,” Rossi said.
“I look forward to meeting the President, Derek Warwick, who I know and esteem for his career in Formula 1. I hope that I will have a good result at the Silverstone Grand Prix to honour my entry into the British Racing Drivers' Club!”