Jerez was where the Moto3™ riders did much of their learning on the new 250cc four-stroke machines but they will face a very different prospect this weekend, as they return to race there.
With round one in Qatar complete and a clearer idea on where everybody stands, there is still much room left for development, improvement and change as the competition intensifies. One thing which was confirmed in Qatar however was that Maverick Viñales (Blusens Avintia) will be the man to catch in the category this year. Victory at Jerez would make the Spaniard the youngest rider ever to have taken four consecutive Grand Prix wins.
A dazzling debut from Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI) in second position made the Italian rookie the first rider since 1998 to step onto the podium in his very first Grand Prix, and he was fast in testing at Jerez. Sandro Cortese (Red Bull KTM Ajo) will want to close the gap to the top after opening the season with third place in Qatar, and after registering pole position at Jerez last season will be confident of mounting a challenge for victory in round two.
Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) just missed out on the podium in round one and will be desperate to rectify that in front of a home crowd, and Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (Estrella Galicia 0'0) appears to have settled well in his team and will be another rider whose progress at Jerez will be monitored closely.
One of the many riders who impressed in Qatar was Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Airasia-SIC-Ajo), whose sixth place was the best result by a Malaysian rider in the history of the World Championship. He will be fighting with rookie Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and Danny Kent (Red Bull KTM Ajo) to improve on that at Jerez – the British rider scored his best GP result to date at the track in last year's 125cc race when he placed fourth.
Louis Rossi (Racing Team Germany), Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0'0) and Alan Techer (Technomag-CIP-TSR) will all be confident after their starts to the season, but Bankia Aspar Team duo Héctor Faubel and Alberto Moncayo will want better results at their home GP.
Two wildcard riders will add to the Moto3 field, with Alex Márquez (Monlau Competición) and Josep Rodríguez (Wild Wolf BST) gaining experience.
World Championship Standings Moto3™
1- Maverick Viñales - SPA - Blusens Avintia - 25
2- Romano Fenati - ITA - Team Italia FMI - 20
3- Sandro Cortese - GER - Red Bull KTM Ajo - 16
4- Luis Salom - SPA - RW Racing GP - 13
5- Miguel Oliveira - POR - Estrella Galicia 0,0 - 11