Spanish 18 year old Daniel Ruiz leads the Cup points standings following his Assen victory but only by a single point from Danny Kent, the 16 year old Briton who battled with him all the way in the Netherlands.
The man looking to fight back in Germany is 15 year old Japanese Daijiro Hiura, a mechanical problem knocked him out of the second race at Assen and off the top of the points table. The Mugello winner will be looking for a maximum score from both races this coming weekend.
Last year in a wet and slippery race he finished 4th, ahead of Kent who was 6th and Ruiz 14th.
Of last year's Sachsenring podium men only Jake Gagne returns. The 16 year old Californian moved to 4th in the points standing following his maiden MotoGP Rookies win in Assen's first race and 4th in the second.
Gagne has new found confidence after a frustrating start to the year and is determined to improve on his 3rd place finish from 12 months ago.
Last year's Sachsenring race winner Jakub Kornfeil is now competing in the 125 Grand Prix class and Mathew Scoltz, the 17 year old South African who injured the big toe of his right foot so nastily in Qualifying at Assen is recuperating at home and talks of a Brno race return.
Our other injured Rookie, 15 year old Frenchman Alan Techer, should also be fit for Brno.
He fell down the stairs at home earlier this month and that set back the recovery of his broken arm slightly, he has missed most of the season following his crash at the last corner of the second Jerez race at the beginning of May.
The first race at the Sachsenring is on Saturday July 17th at 16.30 CET, the second at 15.35 CET on Sunday July 18th.
They are races 6 and 7 for this season with races 8 and 9 at the Czech Grand Prix on August 14th and 15th in Brno with the final round, a single race at Misano on Saturday September 4th as part of the San Marino Grand Prix.