Jorge Lorenzo's record as the only rider to lead a racing lap in Europe this year may have ended at Assen, but third place from eighth on the grid was a worthy damage limitation result.

While victory for Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi allowed the Italian to increase his advantage over Lorenzo for the first time since Argentina, the Spaniard still starts this weekend's Sachsenring round only ten points behind.

But while Rossi is a six-time winner in Germany, Lorenzo is yet to stand on the top step during his 13 grand prix starts.

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"In theory Sachsenring is a worse track for us than Assen," he confirmed. "It never suited the Yamaha perfectly in the past so it's a very challenging circuit. I have never won in Germany, so I'm keen to get on the top step at least once. You never know, maybe it could happen this season because it's been a bit strange.

"I love Assen but this year something changed and I didn't find the perfect set up to be more competitive. During the race I struggled more than I expected but we understood how to solve it for the future.

"Sachsenring is a good racetrack with a nice atmosphere and a lot of fans. In the past I was close to winning a couple of times but I never did it. This year our bike's performance is good so I think we can achieve higher goals than in the recent years."