Marc Marquez is adamant that Jorge Lorenzo’s scintillating form will not distract him at what he says will be an “interesting” championship decider at Valencia.
Marquez leads Lorenzo in the title race, but has only won one of the last six races compared to Lorenzo’s four.
The 20-year-old had a huge 44-point lead back then, but Lorenzo’s wins coupled with a Marquez disqualification at Phillip Island, means that gap is now just 13-points.
Despite the recent form of the Yamaha rider, Marquez insists that he is focused on the world championship and not pre-occupied with defeating Lorenzo on the track in Spain.
"In the race [at Motegi] I had good confidence from the beginning, but then every lap I felt more on the limit," the Honda rider told Autosport.com.
"I tried to overtake Jorge but I saw that there was too much risk and then in the end when he pushed a little bit more I felt I was too much on the limit.
"I had two big moments and then I said 'OK, it's much better to take 20 points for the championship'.
The Spaniard heads into the Valencia race on November 10 with the incredible achievement of a world championship in his rookie year a distinct possibility.
"Now Valencia will be interesting,” he said. “I must just concentrate on my job, on my bike and try to do my best.
"We cannot forget that it's my first season and that [the title] was not the target but, anyway, we will try 100 per cent to get it."
Marquez can become the first rookie to win the premier class world championship since Kenny Roberts in 1978 if he finishes fourth or better in Spain.