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By Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup

Back-to-back race weekends for the Red Bull Rookies

Viu heads to Brno on a high

15-year-old Spaniard Aleix Viu led 33 of 34 laps at the Red Bull Ring this past weekend, setting pole before just losing out on the win in Race 1 and taking the victory in Race 2 – making Viu go into Brno as a favourite.

Ayumu Sasaki heads the points, as he has since Race 2 in Jerez, and the Japanese rider already has two wins this year and has only been off the podium once, when fourth in Race 2 at Assen. Viu shared the points lead with Sasaki after that first weekend in Spain but hated the wet in Assen, and slid off in Race 1. A cautious ride to 10th by Viu in Race 2 brought in some points but a double win by Raúl Fernández saw the 15-year-old fellow Spaniard take up the chase of Sasaki, leaving Viu third in the title as the paddock packs up for Brno.

Since then, Viu has been the man on a mission - the leader of most laps in Germany after heading both Free Practice sessions, and only losing Pole to Sasaki by less than a tenth. He was then in front all the way in Austria, only losing the win in Race 1 when penalised for exceeding track limits.

So the leading trio, Sasaki (155 points), Viu (132) and Fernández (122) have two wins each. Marc Garcia, the 16-year-old Spaniard, lies fourth on 100 after his win in Race 1 at the Red Bull Ring and Kaito Toba, the 16-year-old Japanese rider, is fifth with a win in Race 2 at the Sachsenring and 70 points. There are still 125 points to be won.

Fernández is well aware that the run of 4th, 5th and 7th from the last three races has got to be bettered and says that this will happen in Brno where he first stood on the podium last year with a superb third in Race 1. Of course weather could be a factor, it’s mid summer but that is no guarantee and rain could swing things very much towards Fernández.

The leading trio are unlikely to have things their own way this coming weekend, however. Patrik Pulkkinen, Kevin Orgis and Filip Salač all showed in Austria that they can mix it at the front and for Salač it is a home GP - the 14-year-old has a little experience there having contested the Moriwaki Junior Cup.