While Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, plus factory Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have all wrapped up two-year contract extensions, Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP future is still to be decided - the Spaniard admitting at Assen that money was a sticking point.
Unfortunately for Lorenzo - who came within four points of defeating Marquez last year and was a massive 93 points clear of Rossi - he is enduring his least successful MotoGP season, in turn hurting his bargaining power.
The former double world champion has dropped to fifth in the standings due to a miserable 13th in the wet-dry Assen race - when Lorenzo confessed that memories of last year's broken collarbone meant he was 'too scared' to push hard while riding on a damp track with slick tyres.
Sachsenring also holds painful memories for the Spaniard who was forced to miss last year's race after a practice highside cruelly re-damaged the broken collarbone he had heroically overcome at Assen, prompting a second round of surgery.
“After a disappointing race at Assen where we expected much more I'm right now focused on the next race,” he said. “Sachsenring is not one of my favourite circuits, especially after last year when I crashed again and I had a problem with the plate fixing my collarbone. After that crash I had to suffer another surgery and that issue changed it all.
“Despite this season where I don't feel so lucky for so many different things, I'm looking forward to racing there and trying to revert the situation. The bike is working well and I can feel the support of all the team. I'm pretty optimistic as usual and I will never give up!”
Earlier this week Lorenzo made a surprise visit to the Ferrari F1 team at Maranello… not far from Ducati's headquarters in Bologna.