Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo feels with the unified electronics and Michelin tyres it could throw up different results at the Sachsenring which may help the Spaniard break his winless record in Germany.
The Movistar Yamaha rider has finished as runner-up at the German round on four separate occasions (2009-2012) and admits the Yamaha M1 package has never truly been suited to the Sachsenring circuit layout.
Having claimed just six points over the past two races Lorenzo is eager to return to form and feels the unified ECU and Michelin tyres could mix up the usual running order in Germany.
Michelin is providing asymmetric front tyres for the first time this season to respond to the unique challenge of the Sachsenring.
“Now we are visiting Sachsenring, a circuit where I've never won. It's always a challenging track for both me and the YZR-M1, but this year - with different electronics and tyres - you never know,” Lorenzo said.
“We are facing the last round of the first part of the season and we are eager to have a great result before summer holiday. Every race is a question mark so let's see if this time we can be more competitive in Germany.”
Reflecting on his 10th place in the wet race at Assen, Lorenzo says it could be a useful six points towards the end of the campaign while battling for the MotoGP world title, particularly after team-mate Valentino Rossi crashed out while leading.
“I didn't expect such a difficult race in Assen but ultimately we were able to get some valuable points for the championship,” he said.
Lorenzo currently sits second in the MotoGP riders' standings, 24 points behind lead Marc Marquez.