Valentino Rossi is eager to make amends in Germany for the missed opportunity at Assen last month after crashing out while leading the restarted race.

The Movistar Yamaha rider conceded vital ground to MotoGP title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez at Assen with his third retirement of the season, calling his fall "a stupid mistake", despite showing strong pace all weekend on the M1.

Rossi is keen to approach race at the Sachsenring with the same method and is still brimming with confidence on the Yamaha and new Michelin tyres.

"I really want to get back on track," Rossi said. "Over these last few days I've rested at home, but now I want to leave for the race at Sachsenring. In Assen we worked well throughout the weekend and we were really fast, both in wet and dry conditions, but the race was not very lucky for us.

"At the Sachsenring circuit we will have to work well as we have been doing during all weekends this season. We are fast and I'm comfortable with the YZR-M1 and with the Michelin tyres.

"I like this track and Sunday I will do my best to make it a good race."

Despite being a four-time MotoGP race winner around the Sachsenring Rossi's last victory in Germany came in the same year of his last world title in 2009, and he will be eager for a first German win in seven years to slash the 42-point gap which has grown between him and championship leader Marquez.

After Rossi's first two DNFs in 2016 the Italian has been able to respond in emphatic form by winning the following races (Jerez and Catalunya).

Last season Rossi finished third in the German MotoGP behind a Repsol Honda one-two with Marquez winning from Dani Pedrosa.

Comments

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment