Spaniards to go head-to-head in Jerez
After two highly dramatic encounters at Losail and Austin, Rins leads the way. The 17-year-old Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider from Barcelona has impressed many across the opening two rounds of the campaign, not least as he was forced to overcome both a red flag stoppage, two starts and a charging Salom to triumph for the first time in Texas. Salom had already won the opening race a fortnight earlier whereas Rins finished third, meaning they each sport 41 points in the overall battle for honours.
Refusing to give in and just one point behind the leading Red Bull KTM Ajo representative is Team Calvo’s Viñales. He sits on 40 points, which would have perhaps been seen as a below-par figure at the start of the pre-season period; however during the final test he crashed and lost a finger tip at the very circuit he will be visiting this weekend, resulting in constant pain which makes his consistency of late all the more striking. Rounding out the championship top five are Jonas Folger and Miguel Oliveira, hoping Germany and Portugal will be able to share some of what has been predominantly Spanish delight so far this year.
Caretta Technology - RTG’s Jack Miller put on a good show in Texas and will aim to bring his Honda-powered FTR close to the front once more, whilst fellow Australian Arthur Sissis on the Red Bull KTM Ajo bike looks to improve on his 12th place in the last race – having suffered at the time from a slightly injured right wrist. His teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin did well to finish seventh in the US, but the podium will once again be his aim in the south of Spain.
The Moto3™ field also welcomes Marc VDS Racing Team’s Livio Loi this weekend, as he makes his debut in the World Championship after reaching the minimum age of 16. He looked strong in pre-season testing and will no doubt be hoping for a successful debut. Two wildcards will be taking part in the form of Thomas Sabo GP Team’s Kevin Hanus of Germany and Spanish rider Jorge Navarro with MIR Racing.
Moto3™ has the responsibility of launching the first free practice session in Jerez on Friday, kicking off at 9am local time (GMT +2).
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