Monster Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi will have to haul himself up by his Dainese boots straps this weekend and hope for a better MotoGP result at the Sachsenring after failing to finish the last three races.
Rossi lost the front at Assen - taking Taka Nakagami with him - after running wide at turn eight and that added to his spill at Mugello and the non-finish at Le Mans which have seen him slump to fifth in the title chase, some 72 points behind leader Marc Marquez.
“This is not a positive time for us. The end to the race in Assen was a real shame because I felt good after the warm-up, I was fast but instead ended up with another zero,” said The Doctor.
“The good thing is that now we go straight to the Sachsenring and we can immediately work on another GP weekend.
It will be important to understand if the changes made for last Sunday’s race will also be positive at the Sachsenring this weekend. We will try to be competitive right from the start on Friday.”
Rossi put himself in a bad position after missing a spot in qualifying two and having to try and fight his way through the pack. This is something team boss Maio Meregalli wants to prevent in Germany.
“Last week again demonstrated how crucial it is to start off the GP weekend well, so we are determined to work hard to compete at the front again, similar to last year when we scored a double podium,” he said.
“The Sachsenring is quite narrow and it’s not easy to overtake there, so it will be vital to use all the available free practice time to the fullest in order to secure good qualifying results on Saturday, in preparation for Sunday’s race.”