Colin Edwards may only be ninth in the 2011 MotoGP World Championship standings, but if he can score three points more than Hiroshi Aoyama this Sunday in Germany he will reclaim his place as the top satellite rider.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 star was MotoGP's highest-placed satellite rider during 2009, when he finished the championship in fifth, before dropping to eleventh during a tough 2010.
This season has seen the experienced Texan back in podium contention - losing a rostrum after a mechanical failure on the very last lap in Jerez, before taking a shock third, just one week after breaking his collarbone, in the wet British GP.
Edwards has outscored Gresini Honda rider Aoyama in five of the six races they have both finished this year, despite tyre problems at the last two events.
“The last two races haven't been that fantastic but we can point to a bad tyre choice in both for that. We've got to take some responsibility for that, but sometimes you roll the dice and gamble but the result doesn't go your way," said Edwards.
"That's all behind me now and I'm just concentrating 100 per cent on getting a good result in Germany this weekend. This track is pretty special with so many left-hand turns but our chassis is much better than last year, so I'm sure the bike will be easier to ride in the tight and twisty sections.
"The break after Mugello has really helped my physical condition. I've been able to get some good rest and the muscle damage around the ribs on the right side of my body isn't as painful as it was. I'll only understand how much of an improvement there's been on Friday when I get on the bike, but I'm expecting a lot less discomfort than in Mugello where it was quite tough."
Edwards' best result at Sachsenring was fourth in 2007 and he suffered a spectacular accident during his German GP debut, as an Aprilia rider, in 2003.
"Aside from 2003 when I had the fireball at the bottom of the hill, I've really enjoyed my time at Sachsenring. The German fans are really knowledgeable and they love MotoGP, so hopefully we can put on a good show for them," said Edwards.
"I'll be looking for a good result to take some momentum into my home race at Laguna Seca, which is a huge weekend for me and one I'm already excited about.”
Aoyama's team-mate Marco Simoncelli, three points behind Edwards in the championship, is technically a satellite rider, but has a full factory Honda at his disposal.