Jorge Lorenzo has insisted he is feeling no pressure as he arrives in Malaysia for the third MotoGP race in as many weekends as his championship duel with Valentino Rossi reaches a critical stage.
The Majorcan was responding to Rossi's earlier claim that his first 'match point', or opportunity to claim the 2015 title, “means a little bit more pressure for Jorge.”
To the contrary, Lorenzo pointed to the moment in which he fell from the grand prix in Misano as a moment when he felt his championship aspirations were “almost lost,” and insisted he “just can win” after already recovering twelve points on his team-mate since then.
“No pressure. No pressure because I think in Misano I make a big mistake and the championship was almost lost,” explained Lorenzo. “We just can win. We cannot lose it because it was already very complicated. Now these last few races we've got a lot of points. In Australia I lose the possibility to just depend on myself by not winning the race.
“Anyway, it's ok like that because we could have gained just four points or even nothing so it's ok. As I told you we've been always behind in this championship. Now we have the possibility to win so we are going to try our best without fear, without anything to lose and we'll see what happens.”
In an extraordinary pre-event press conference, where Rossi explained how he felt Marc Marquez was now riding in favour of Lorenzo after re-watching the Phillip Island race, the Italian explained the significance of his first match point since 2009.
“It's the first chance. This means a little bit more pressure for Jorge. He have to arrive in front of me and take some points off me before Valencia. But it's the same.
“You have to always give the maximum and especially work during practice, understand what is happening with the weather and arrive ready for the race on Sunday.”
Just eleven points separate Rossi and Lorenzo at the top of the championship with 50 still available.