Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo has said that he's relishing the chance to battle for the title with team-mate Valentino Rossi, with rider skill set to be the decisive factor in the title race.
The Repsol Honda of Marc Marquez finished top of the championship standings in 2013 and 2014, with Lorenzo having endured many a battle with the Honda of Casey Stoner prior to the Australian's retirement.
However, this season it is Rossi who is his closest rival – although Marquez is still in the running to defend his title, with the two Yamaha riders currently level at the top of the standings with seven rounds remaining in the campaign.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's British GP, Lorenzo said that he's excited to be going toe-to-toe for the World Championship with someone who is riding the same machine.
When asked if it was better to battle someone on the same bike, he responded: “I think so, because it all depends on you. 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. 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.”
Lorenzo has recovered from a poor start to the campaign to draw level with Rossi after winning last time out at Brno. The Spaniard has also won three of the last five races at Silverstone, as well as finishing second last year, but he does not believe that his past form at the track means anything heading into Sunday's race, downplaying suggestions that the momentum is in his favour.
"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."