It happened the previous year in Misano: Rossi’s team told him to enter the pits but he ignored the message, losing time he could not later recover. At the Sachsenring, the same thing happened again. The wet asphalt was drying and Márquez, who was far behind, risked switching to slicks. In a few laps, the Spaniard’s pace was 5 to 7 seconds quicker than those at the head of the field, who were still on rain tires, watching each other and believing the final outcome would be decided between them. By the time they entered the pits for their own bike changes, it was too late. Had Rossi paid attention to the first pitboard signal, he might have taken the win.