Marc Marquez attempted to put the Assen controversy behind him as MotoGP re-assembled in Germany on Thursday.
2015 title leader Rossi and reigning champion Marquez battled for the lead throughout the Dutch race, culminating in contact when Honda star Marquez tried to pass Rossi with an inside move at the final chicane.
Rossi ran off-track following the contact, straight-lined the chicane and won the race.
Marquez was unhappy that Rossi had cut the track while Honda team manager Livio Suppo stated the speed with which Rossi reacted to the 'slight contact' suggested his off-track diversion had been planned in advance.
But in the eyes of Rossi and - most importantly - Race Direction, Marquez failed to get in front at any time during the incident, with Rossi only running off because of the contact initiated by Marquez.
At the Sachsenring on Thursday, Marquez was asked if he had changed his opinion of the incident:
“Second place was okay, after [falls at] Mugello and Montmelo, and for me was already a victory. Now what is true is that for the championship, five points more or less doesn't matter. It will not change my life.
“But okay just my question mark was if we are able to do that [cut the corner]. In that last chicane many times, many things have happened. But nobody did that. But now we already know and Valentino teach us again another thing, that he's really smart no? And we must learn about it.”
While Marquez is very much in race victory contention, non-scores in Argentina, Mugello and Catalunya mean he is only fourth in the championship, a massive 74 points from Rossi.
“At the moment I want to go race-by-race and I have enough work to think about me and try to do my job,” he said. “Of course now my target is try to win races because we know that the championship is difficult but if you win races then you can gain some points. Just my target is that.”
The search for more forgiving behaviour on corner entry saw Marquez switch back to the 2014 chassis at Assen. It could prove a key moment in Marquez's season, as the #93 regained feel and confidence in his equipment.
“Honestly Assen was the first weekend maybe this year that I don't change many things on the bike, because we start to find some base [setting],” he said. “Still we need to work. but now I have a bike that, I don't say it is a better or worse bike, but I feel the bike, it gives me more confidence and this helps me to believe more in the bike and to be more constant. So this weekend I will continue on the style of Assen.
“Next week we have a test in Misano where we will try things for next year but also we can use this year so it will be important.”
Marquez refuses to write himself completely out of the title fight, saying “I am 74 points behind Valentino and there still remains half the season, so I still believe!”
But if it does become mathematically impossible, Marquez said he doesn't care whether it's Rossi or Lorenzo that lifts the crown, since neither is a Honda rider.
Marquez hasn't lost a race at the Sachsenring since 2009. His quest for a sixth victory in a row starts with opening practice on Friday morning.