With a new two-year Movistar Yamaha contract in his pocket, Valentino Rossi can concentrate fully on attempting to end MotoGP champion Marc Marquez's unbeaten run, which now extends to a perfect eight wins in 2014.
“I am very happy to go to Sachsenring after the contract renewal with Yamaha for another two years,” said Rossi. “I've been saying that we are very close to signing for many races and finally we did it! For me it is really important, I am very happy!”
After recovering from a pitlane start to fifth following a tyre gamble at Assen, Rossi is now tied for second in the championship with Marquez's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, as the 2014 season reaches its midway stage on Sunday.
“At Assen we did a good race but at the Sachsenring we'll try to do better,” said the Italian. “I like the track; it's very difficult, very tricky and very small.
“In the last few years it was not so bad, especially with the Yamaha. It's strange and something different, but it's always good to ride MotoGP there.
“In Germany we can also have issues with the weather. It is always difficult, so we hope for good weather so we can make a good result.”
Rossi, third at the Sachsenring last season, produced one of his most memorable victories when he charged from eleventh on the grid to narrowly defeat a trio of Hondas by less than half a second in the 2006 German round.