A four-time Sachsenring MotoGP winner, Dani Pedrosa was ruled out of last year's race by a collarbone injury in practice - an incident which, combined with the later Aragon accident, cost him dearly in the championship fight.

Pedrosa returns having moved into joint second with Valentino Rossi in the world championship standings after a third place in Assen, although undefeated Repsol Honda team-mate marc Marquez is now 72 points ahead.

"It was a tricky weekend in Assen and in those kind of races, it's easy to lose many points in the Championship, so I'm pleased with our podium finish. Now we're heading to Germany where I had a disappointing weekend last year after being declared unfit to race due to my crash on Saturday.

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"I always enjoy racing at Sachsenring and finding the right set up is critical - especially as you spend a lot of time on the left, but the fastest corner is to the right, so tyre performance will be key. I'm looking forward to getting there to make up for missing last year!"

With Marquez and Rossi having concluded deals for the next two seasons, Pedrosa is the highest ranked rider yet to announce his 2015 plans.

However with no-one able to match Marquez, and Pedrosa now battling Rossi for best of the rest, it would be a surprise if Pedrosa does not extend his Repsol Honda career which began as a rookie in 2006.