Rossi: I really want to get back on track

Valentino Rossi says he can't wait to return to action at this week's German MotoGP and make up for his disappointment at Assen last month.

The Movistar Yamaha rider suffered his third retirement of the season after a fall he labelled a "stupid mistake".

As a result, he lost vital ground to MotoGP rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in the championship race – an outcome made even more disappointing because Rossi showed such great pace all weekend.

The Sachsenring provides the perfect opportunity for Rossi to erase any thoughts of Assen, and the Italian has a lot of confidence in his bike and the 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," he said.

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

Rossi has won four times in Germany, but not since 2009, so victory this weekend would mark his first in seven years.

Last season he finished third, behind Marquez and his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Rossi trails championship leader Marquez by 42 points with 10 races of the season remaining.