The MotoGP circus heads to Sachsenring this weekend for the German Grand Prix - and the last battle before the summer break kicks into gear.

The MotoGP circus heads to Sachsenring this weekend for the German Grand Prix - and the last battle before the summer break kicks into gear.

With Rossi making his 150th appearance in grand prix racing this weekend, it is also the last race before the teams pack up and head off on a month-long holiday. But Rossi's last Grand Prix win at the Sachsenring circuit was in 1999, when he won the 250cc race.

"Things have gone very well in the first half of the year but we have some tracks coming up that I don't like - especially Sachsenring and Brno," admitted Rossi. "I am not so fast at Sachsenring, like Donington. Also, last year we had some problems with the M1, but I think we are more competitive this season and will be able to fight for the podium."

But Rossi has dominated the season with his seven wins from nine races and currently holds a 104-point lead over Marco Melandri, his closest rival. There will also be an extra rider on the grid this weekend , as Olivier Jacque returns to MotoGP as a Kawasaki wildcard.

"This will only be my third Grand Prix of the season but it's great to be back with Kawasaki, especially at a track where I have some good memories," said Jacque.

"I've been training hard and this race is really the beginning of my programme as test rider, so I'm looking forward to the challenge."

The Frenchman started from pole position at the circuit three years ago. Jacque impressed when he was called in to replace the injured Shinya Nakano at Shanghai (where he finished second) and Le Mans. This weekend he returns to race alongside the regular Kawasaki riders, Nakano and Alex Hofmann , on the third ZX-RR.

Jacque, along with Sete Gibernau, Alex Barros and Kenny Roberts, is among the current riders who have previously won German Grands Prix. However, Max Biaggi - despite his dreadful 2005 season - has the most successful record at Sachsenring.

The Italian has won twice at the circuit, including last year when he led from start to finish, but in this year's series he has slipped into fourth position on the log after failing to complete last weekend's race at Donington Park.

Original article from Car