Dutch TT winner Valentino Rossi has admitted that he doesn’t know what to expect this weekend when the 2017 MotoGP championship heads to Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix only one week after he took victory at Assen.
Going into a track very different from the fast and flowing corners of Assen and with rain forecast on and off throughout the weekend, Rossi says it’ll be crucial to find a comfortable base setting as soon as possible.
“I’m very happy because the race in Assen was incredible. Returning to the top step and taking the victory was very important for me, because the emotions are always fantastic, and it was also important for the championship. Thinking about the next race in Sachsenring, I don’t know what to expect.
“We’ve seen that from one track to the other everything can change, so we have to work in a good way to find the best solution for the upcoming track. I like the German GP, it’s an unusual circuit that’s different compared to Assen. It will be essential to be competitive there too. We will do our best!”
His teammate on the other side of the Movistar Yamaha garage Maverick Viñales is more positive about his weekend though, as he tries to bounce back from the disappointment of crashing out last week and losing the championship lead.
“We arrive at the Sachsenring with a positive mindset. We have to keep in mind that after the crash in Assen we are only four points behind the leader. We have to learn from our mistakes and try to not repeat them. Now I just want to look forward. I can't wait to be back on my bike, to prepare for this weekend’s race and of course our target will be to win, not only to be on the podium. We have to be focused on recovering our position as the leader in the championship.”
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