If this weekend's Silverstone MotoGP, or indeed the 2015 title, comes down to a last lap 'bar-to-'bar battle between Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, history suggests it would be the Italian that emerges on top.

The problem for The Doctor is that at the last two events he simply hasn't been fast enough to stay with the Spaniard, who has closed down a 29-point deficit to be equal with Rossi after eleven of 18 rounds.

"If I'm able to stay at his level of speed and start more in front in qualifying and especially go fast from the first lap to last lap like Jorge is able to do, I think we can fight to the end," Rossi said.

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"And if I'm able to stay with him on track, in the battle everything can happen and it is important to have experience, be strong and focussed. But the first thing is to try to be as fast as Jorge."

Rossi, the oldest rider on the MotoGP grid, is fighting for a eighth MotoGP crown six-years after his last title triumph.

"For sure it would be the harder one," he said. "Because to try to beat or fight against Marc and Jorge, in this moment of their career where they are at 100%, is the most difficult for sure.

"In 2009 I was able to beat Jorge, but I had more experience than him. I was more in front than him from some points of view. Now it is more difficult. But about the importance of the championship I don't know because for me the others were also very important."