Marc Garcia, the 16-year-old Spaniard who finished fourth, just behind Sasaki in last year‰Ûªs Cup chase, enters his third season, he has always been consistent and just needs to find that extra touch that will add to the single race victory he scored last year. He knows he must up the pace though as he was 11th quickest at the test and finished 9th and 8th at Jerez last year.
The Rookies Cup is always about new talent and the quickest of the first year Rookies at the test was Japanese 15-year-old Ai Ogura who recorded the seventh best time. These guys are all fast learners though so don‰Ûªt be surprised if the lead pack in Race 1 has a good number of newcomers embroiled in the battle.
Some take time to come to the boil though and last year it was Rory Skinner who started out slow, double 17th in Jerez, and ended the season with pole and a double podium in Aragon. The 14-year-old Scot wants to start out this year as he ended last and was sixth fastest at the test.
This weekend's Rookies Cup races can be seen live on www.redbull.tv and on TV stations around the world.
Race 1 is at 16.30 CET on Saturday and Race 2 is on Sunday at 15.30, the show starts 10 minutes before the race.