Rossi: Tyre choice vital

The reason why the asymmetric front is expected to play a big role at Sachsenring is because the softer rubber compound will be on the right side. When it was first used at Phillip Island last year, riders fell easily in windy and cool conditions.

In a chat with media on Thursday, Rossi said that he felt tyre choice would be important in this weekend’s race.  

"I think that for this weekend the front tyre choice can be key for the race," Rossi said. "In fact Bridgestone bring a lot of front tyres, because they want to be sure and safe for all the range of temperatures during the weekend. 

"I think this track is the most difficult for the front tyre together with Phillip Island. In Phillip Island we had the asymmetric front tyre but a lot of people had problems during the race,” he said. 

"I spoke a lot with Bridgestone and they are quite sure that this time at this track the asymmetric tyre can be a help. 

"This is just an idea, we have to wait for tomorrow, try the tyre and understand if it can bring some advantage compared to the normal one," Rossi added.