Having spent most of his MotoGP career fighting for the title against Honda riders, Jorge Lorenzo is facing his first all-Yamaha battle with team-mate Valentino Rossi since 2009.
The pair head into this weekend's British MotoGP tied on points after eleven on 18 rounds, with Lorenzo at the top of the standings courtesy of five wins to Rossi's three.
So is it better to battle someone on the same bike?
“I think so, because it all depends on you,” Lorenzo replied. “Maybe luck or bad luck, but especially on you. And if you are better than your rival you can win the championship, because of your level [as a rider]. Not because of the bike.”
“It's a good situation for me, Valentino and Yamaha,” the Spaniard added. “We've waited some years to have this situation and now finally we've got this advantage that gives us some quietness. But not too much because Marc is still in the championship I believe, can win races and recover points. So we have to be careful with Marc.”
But with Honda's reigning champion Marquez currently 52-points from the top, the title focus is presently on Lorenzo and Rossi.
The pair had a somewhat frosty relationship during their previous spell as team-mates from 2008-2010, but have been far more cordial since Rossi's return from Ducati in 2013.
However Lorenzo admitted the situation could change in an instant.
“The years have passed and now our relationship is good, is correct and we work together to make our bike the best possible,” he began. “But now we are fighting for a very important thing and for sure if on the track there is some stressful action, little collision or something, probably the relationship can change. But for the moment that didn't happen and we are both ready to fight and give the maximum we have.”
Lorenzo played down the suggestion that he now has momentum on his side or that his strong past record at Silverstone means much for this weekend.
“I'm very proud to have recovered 29 points since Argentina. Now another championship stars for both of us,” he said.
“The fact that I recovered the points doesn't mean that in the next races I'm going to get more points than Vale [now]. Every race, every year is different and because I have won here three times doesn't mean it's going to be the same as before.”