The Doctor finished a middling eighth and was nowhere near his team-mate Maverick Vinales who finished second.
Catalan hero Marc Marquez continued his dominance at the Sachsenring where he hasn’t lost since 2010.
It was an improved performance from Rossi who had failed to finish the previous three races.
An error of judgement ruined his Mugello homecoming, Jorge Lorenzo clipped him in Barcelona and an botched overtake ended his DutchTT.
“MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi has been struggling this season”
Rossi is now 40 years old but has one more year to run on his current Yamaha deal.
Some fans want him to call it quits now.
“High time Valentino Rossi should retire… simply past his competitive days,” commented one observer.
“It’s time for Rossi to retire in style,” echoed another. “He’s been awfully off the pace this year. Yamaha has to adapt the bike to Vinales’ riding style.”
Another observer suggested Rossi is only useful for selling merchandise these days.
“He’s over-rated, over-paid and another season over already. Sells lots of t-shirts though so woohoo,” a comment read.
Not everyone was quick to trash the motorsport legend, though.
“He [Marquez] may equal records, he may be unbeatable at the moment, but he will never achieve charisma or personality as Rossi,” read a post.
“After three straight zeros, we had to finish the race and that was the most important thing today too,” said one more. “Rossi always proud of you no matter what.”
Rookie Fabio Quartararo – who could be Rossi’s long-term successor at Yamaha – crashed out after just a handful of laps.
He suffered a low side at Turn 3 and slid out of contention.
Quartararo also suffered a nasty moment in FP3 yesterday.
The Petronas Yamaha star endured a violent tank-slapper on the Waterfall corner.
MotoGP German Grand Prix results:
1. Marc Marquez Repsol Honda
2. Maverick Vinales Yamaha
3. Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda
4. Danilo Petrucci Ducati
5. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati
6. Jack Miller Pramac Ducati
7. Joan Mir Suzuki
8. Valentino Rossi Yamaha
9. Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha
10. Stefan Bradl Honda
11. Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati
12. Pol Espargaro KTM
13. Andrea Iannone Aprilia
14. Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda
15. Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati
16. Hafizh Syahrin KTM
17. Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati
18. Miguel Oliveira Tech 3
DNF Alex Rins Suzuki
DNF Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha
DNF Aleix Espargaro Aprilia
DNF Johann Zarco KTM
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