Having seen his 25-point title lead erased by a turn one incident and Casey Stoner victory at Assen, a sore Jorge Lorenzo heads to this weekend's German round level with the reigning world champion.
Alvaro Bautista has been punished with a back of the grid start for Sunday's Sachsenring race for taking out Lorenzo. But that doesn't change the championship damage for the Yamaha rider - including the likely loss of an engine, which spewed out a huge cloud of smoke as it lay in the gravel.
Lorenzo is the only rider in the title top four to have suffered a non-finish so far this year, and has never won in Germany, but he remains grateful to have escaped serious injury.
“Assen was a disaster for us, we worked very hard to build up the Championship lead which unfortunately was lost on the first corner. Anyway, now we start again at the same points as Casey,” sad Lorenzo, runner-up at the Sachsenring for the past three years.
“I haven't won a race at Sachsenring but have had good battles there and always finished on the podium. “That is our goal this weekend, and if possible to fight for the victory. My ankle is quite sore but luckily there is nothing broken.”
Team manager Wilco Zeelenberg is pleased they have the chance to swiftly put the Assen disaster behind them.
“After a very tough weekend in Assen we are quite happy to race immediately again,” said the Dutchman. “For Jorge it's good to be able to get straight back on the bike to fight back as quickly as possible.
“We need to erase Assen and move on. We're still fast and we are confident we could have fought for victory there so we take that with us.”
Lorenzo has won four of the seven races so far this year, with Repsol Honda's reigning champion Stoner winning the other three.
Lorenzo's DNF also means that Stoner's team-mate Dani Pedrosa, winner in Germany for the past two years, is now 19 points from the title lead.