After a debut MotoGP pole then equal career-best fourth place at Assen, Open class star Aleix Espargaro is determined to exploit the tight and twisty characteristics of this weekend's Sachsenring event.

"I am very happy for the Holland race. Now it's important to keep the momentum and ride my best to keep fighting with the front guys," said Espargaro. "At Assen we fought hard for the podium and finally finished fourth.

"We will try this week to repeat another strong performance at Sachsenring. It's one of the slowest circuits on the MotoGP calendar and the layout with its tight corners should suit our machine, so I'm very confident for the race."

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Espargaro's Assen heroics lifted the Forward Yamaha rider to sixth in the overall championship standings, while he has scored over double the points of his nearest Open rival Scott Redding.

By contrast team-mate Colin Edwards is still struggling to get comfortable, despite a switch from the Yamaha to FTR chassis, and plans some big changes in Germany.

"We need to get on the bike and figure something out, make some big changes in one direction or the other and get some feeling," said the Texan, whose Sachsenring memories include a dramatic fire incident in his rookie 2003 season.

Edwards will retire at the end of the season, while Espargaro's form means he is among the names on the Suzuki list.