Though he rode a competitive race in the Netherlands, Rossi heads to the Sachsenring feeling eager to make good on the Assen podium that he so narrowly missed. Holding second place in the rider standings, it’s his objective to reduce the 41-point gap to the championship leader by delivering a top result before MotoGP’s short summer break starts.
The Italian has a ton of premier class experience at the German GP to help him achieve his goal; he scored victories in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2009, stood on the podium in 2000, 2003 and 2008 for second places, and took third positions in 2013 and 2015.
Viñales is more motivated than ever to gain points in the championship standings after securing a place on the podium at the previous round and maintaining his third place in the rankings, six points behind his teammate. Having shown a competitive pace from start to finish at the TT Assen race, he is feeling confident that he will be able to produce a strong result again on German soil.
Prior to this weekend the young contender stood on the Sachsenring podium twice, having secured third positions in the 125cc class in 2011 and the Moto3 class in 2013. Feeling in great shape after enjoying some rest over the last week, the Spaniard aims to land a place in the MotoGP top-3 there for the first time in his career.
The area of Chemnitz is known for its love for car and motorcycle races. Originally, races in the area were held on closed public roads from the 1920s on. The Sachsenring was built in 1996 for safety reasons. Just two years later the track hosted its first MotoGP event and has continuously been updated since. The just 12m wide circuit has numerous tight corners (ten left, three right in total), making this circuit one of the slower tracks on the calendar, but there will still be plenty of action at the German GP.