Jorge Lorenzo is a proud, two-time World Champion who undoubtedly is rankled by seeing wonder child Marc Marquez grab the headlines this season with his extraordinary rookie season.
But that pride became tinged with equal parts spite and truth this week when Lorenzo said Marquez leads the World Championship this season because he has remained healthy, unlike Lorenzo and fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa.
There is some truth to Lorenzo's remark. Marquez has won four consecutive races entering Silverstone this weekend while Lorenzo has raced hurt while recovering from a broken collarbone suffered at Assen and missing the Sachsenring race due to another fall bending the titanium plate used to repair the Assen injury. Pedrosa broke his collarbone in a fall at Sachsenring.
Marquez's only failure to finish came at Mugello, where he crashed out late in the race after getting banged up in a frightening high-speed crash during practice Friday at that event.
That relatively clean bill of health has helped Marquez build a 26-point lead over Pedrosa and a 44-point gap over reigning World Champion Lorenzo heading into the British Grand Prix this weekend.
"The difference between Marc and us is that he has not committed a serious mistake and not been injured," Lorenzo said. "He has been able to run the race to 100 percent, and we do not.
"Dani has missed two races to be at 100 percent, or even three. And I have had four races without being 100 percent. So logic says that Marc should be champion this year because he is the leader and he is always running at 100 percent."
These head games could backfire on Lorenzo. One of the reasons why he has crashed twice and been hurt this summer is because his Yamaha M1 is slowly losing the technical war against Honda's RC213V. Another reason is that Marquez's wild-child, sliding style in which he lays the bike on his elbow is freakishly fast and something totally incongruous to the smooth, tidy lines of Lorenzo.
There's a sneaking suspicion that when Lorenzo either trails Marquez on the track or watches video of Marquez, he thinks the same thing as nearly every other rider in the MotoGP paddock and millions of fans worldwide: How in the hell does this kid do that?