Jorge Lorenzo has done the math and now feels he has only has one option if he is to successfully defend his MotoGP world champion.
Win races, starting with Sunday’s British Grand at Silverstone.
With deep reserves of motivation Lorenzo is not one to give up but the reality of the firepower being produced by rivals Honda and their young rookie Marc Marquez is inescapable.
Lorenzo, world champion in 2010 and ’12, has not won a race since the Catalunya GP in June – 11 weeks ago.
Meanwhile Marquez is shooting for his fifth straight win of an amazing rookie season at Silverstone.
There are seven of of 18 races remaining including Sunday’s 20-lapper at Silverstone.
“Mathematically the championship is not over but it is almost impossible,” Lorenzo said.
“This is the truth so I have to concentrate to improve my level in some small weak points that I have and try to win some races. And also not crash.
“I hope to improve my level even more, it is the only thing I can do.”
Lorenzo laments that Yamaha are still to deliver the highly anticipated F1-style seamless shift gearbox, a concept that Honda has been using for more than two years.
That new gearbox is still being evaluated with both Lorenzo and teammate Valentino Rossi hoping it will arrive before the Hondas are out of reach for the title.
Chassis updates are also in the pipeline, with some due for the Misano GP in September.
Lorenzo got his Silverstone weekend off to a flying start in today’s free practice sessions finishing with the fastest time, 0.2s ahead of marquez’s Honda.
Lorenzo won here last year but says no longer can Silverstone, or any circuit, be regarded as “Yamaha friendly” layout.
The Hondas are just too good everywhere with Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa winning 7 out of 11 races so far.
“If I win this race then the championship is a little bit less impossible but I have to win races and each time I don’t the championship is more and more out of reach,” Lorenzo said after Silverstone practice.
Pedrosa was third fastest in Friday practice making three Hondas in the top five with Rossi fifth fastest but 0.7s off Lorenzo.