Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo refuses to believe his hopes of retaining the premier class crown are over this season.
With seven races remaining from this weekend's British round at Silverstone, Lorenzo is 59 points behind Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez.
However, the Movistar Yamaha rider, who will join Ducati for 2017, says everything is still to play for as the 2016 season enters the final stretch.
“I think this year with the Yamaha on the tyres and electronics in general, it could be the bike that is more competitive on the dry. Maybe we have been a bit unlucky on some tracks and especially very slow in the rain, losing a lot of points and especially with Marc. That's why maybe in a championship with only dry races, I could be leading the championship.
“But in a championship with three or four races in the wet and a mistake in Argentina, I lose many points and now I am so far,” Lorenzo said.
“Anyway, with the tyres and electronics and the tracks and conditions, anything can happen and the championship is not lost till it is lost mathematically. I don't think about the championship, I think about trying to go fast and trying to win this race and if it is possible to recover some points here and in Misano, then the possibility to become champion is more realistic than being so far now.”
Lorenzo and the Yamaha have proven a formidable force at Silverstone and the Spanish rider will no doubt view this weekend as an opportunity to reduce the gap to title pacesetter Marquez.
“From the beginning in 2010 when we arrived here, I felt very well riding fast from the first laps and we got a victory and also in 2012 and 2013. Last year on the rain we finished fourth but we were just five seconds from the win, so it was not a very bad race.
“It is a track that is a very good circuit for Yamaha because it has a lot of changes of direction and fast corners, and also for my riding – very long with a lot of different kind of corners, so let's see this year with the Michelins and different electronics if we can have more or less the same performance as the last five or six years,” added Lorenzo, who is eager to make amends for the disappointment of his pervious race at Brno.
“I feel a pity about Brno, firstly because it rains, because I think on dry we were – if not the fastest – one of the ones with better pace. But at the beginning we were slow because we had the hard one in the rear but then we recovered a lot of positions before we have this problem of the front and I had to stop. It was a pity because I think we had the potential in the wet.
“Anyway if we can keep being as fast in the dry as we are now, I think we have the potential to win some races in the dry and improve little by little this lack of front feeling I have in the front tyre at the beginning of the race.”