Valentino arrives at the Sachsenring with that sweet taste of his recent success at Assen. In Holland he was able to clear up any doubts about the new frame and is right back in the mix as a title contender. At the same time, he knows he'll have to start over at Germany, one of Marquez's preferred hunting grounds.
Rossi hasn't won at the Sachsenring since 2005 and was last on the podium in 2015, but his recent win might give him that extra push that could make the difference.
“I‘m very happy because the race in Assen was incredible - recalls the Doctor - Returning to the top step and taking the victory was very important for me, because the emotions are always fantastic, and it was also important for the championship."
Turning the pace, he needs to focus on Germany, despite that fact that it's hard to have clear ideas right now.
“Thinking about the next race in Sachsenring, I don‘t know what to expect - admits Valentino - We‘ve seen that from one track to the other everything can change, so we have to work in a good way to find the best solution for the upcoming track. I like the German GP, it‘s an unusual circuit that‘s different compared to Assen. It will be essential to be competitive there too. We will do our best!"
VINALES: PODIUM IS NOT ENOUGH - Maverick is in a different mood, having lost the championship lead after his mistake in Holland. Vinales doesn't seem defeated though.
"I arrive at the Sachsenring with a positive mindset - he underlines - We have to keep in mind that after the crash in Assen we are only four points behind the leader. I have to learn from my mistakes and try to not repeat them. Now I just want to look forward."
Looking ahead, for him, means fighting for the win and regaining his lead. There are no ifs or buts when it comes to this point.
"I can't wait to be back on my bike, to prepare for this weekend‘s race and of course our target will be to win, not only to be on the podium. We have to be focused on recovering our position as the leader in the championship" he states.