Rossi taking it ‘step by step’

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Valentino Rossi has vowed to take his title battle with Jorge Lorenzo "step by step" even though he believes Silverstone and most of the other tracks left on the calendar suits his team-mate more.

The fight for the Championship is expected to go down to the wire this year as the two Yamaha riders are level on 211 points with seven rounds still remaining this season.

Lorenzo, though, is leading the standings as he has won five races compared to the Italian veteran's two, but Rossi can regain top spot this weekend by finishing ahead of the Spaniard.

However, he knows it will be a tough ask.

"Silverstone is difficult," he said. "In the past, I've struggled, but last year was a little bit better also. Always Jorge is very strong, from the first year MotoGP raced."

Lonrezo's five victories have come in the last seven races and the momentum is definitely with the two-time World Champion with Rossi admitting he will need to up his game at the remaining venues.

"On paper, I think every track Jorge is stronger than me but also [there are some] tracks where we are very equal," the 36-year-old said.

"I think this is not the way to think, the way to think is to try to understand the way to go faster in Silverstone.

"This is the way, step by step, weekend by weekend.

"Start to study the track and try to be ready for all of the conditions – for sure Silverstone can have different conditions, it can be cold, it can rain, it's a very difficult track, it's very long.

"This is the way, we'll try to think for Silverstone and see after the next race."