Rossi arrives in Saxony searching for redemption after an unfortunate crash in the Netherlands. However, the Italian still shows his signature positive mindset. Thinking back to his strong second place here last year, he is hungry to take a top result again.
This weekend the Doctor sets out to secure his fifth MotoGP race win at the German circuit to add to his victories from 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2009. He also stood on the premier class podium in 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2018 for a second place, and in 2013 and 2015, having taken third position. Furthermore, he enjoyed his fair share of success at the Sachsenring in the lower classes, ranking third and first respectively in the 250cc in 1998 and 1999.
Following his victory and all-round strong pace at the last GP, Viñales is in high spirits and keen on keeping the momentum going this weekend at the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
The Spaniard stood on the German podium three times already, having secured third places in the 125cc class in 2011, in the Moto3 class in 2013, and in the MotoGP class last year (making it a double podium for the Factory Yamaha team). Given his current form, the number-12 rider feels he can be a strong contender again this year and sets out to reach the podium at the Sachsenring once more.
The area around Chemnitz served as a stage for car and bike races on closed public roads from as far back as the 1920s until the 1990s. The Sachsenring circuit hosted its first MotoGP event in 1998 and has continuously been updated since. The numerous tight corners (ten left, three right) and the 12m wide tarmac make this circuit one of most difficult tracks for overtaking, but there is still plenty of close racing action that keeps the fans coming back for more.