Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez believes that he still has a chance of retaining his title, but admits it's a long shot.
Marquez won the Indianapolis Grand Prix on Sunday to claim his second victory in as many races and cut the gap to World Championship leader Valentino Rossi by a further five points.
After a poor start to the season, which included retirements in Argentina, Italy and Barcelona, Marquez is back on track and now trails Rossi by 56 points, and second-placed Jorge Lorenzo by 47 points.
"For me the target is to win the races. Of course it's not in my hands the other podium results, like Jorge second and Valentino third," Marquez told reporters. "But okay we were 65 [points behind], now we are 56. We are closer. Still we believe, but we must be honest. It will be really difficult."
Marquez will now look to continue trimming the Yamaha duo's leads, starting at the Czech Grand Prix at Brno this weekend.
However, the 22-year-old Spaniard knows it is easier said than done as Rossi and Lorenzo have combined to win seven out of the 10 races thus far this season.
"My target is to enjoy riding the bike, win races and here we were able to win," he said. "Now we will arrive in Brno and there we will see. If we struggle during the weekend and are not able to win the race or fight for the victory we will try to finish on the podium.
"We know that both Yamaha riders have a really good pace and if we want to beat them every race, or try to be ready to fight with the, we must work a lot, especially at some circuits.
"Will be difficult because both Yamaha riders are really strong, Today I followed Jorge for a lot of laps, in Assen Valentino, and I saw that they have a really good potential. Especially on corner-exit acceleration. But anyway we are working on this area to try to improve."