In terms of GP Racing it’s hard to remember (if you’re under 30) when Britain has had it so good. This weekend we have three British riders who are more than capable of making on to the podium in the 125s and, given his performance in Qatar, Scott Redding has got to be in with the chance of a win.
Redding, who broke many records at the opening GP including youngest-ever top-five GP finisher and front-row starter, made everyone sit up and take notice with his tenacity and outrageous corner speed - and only being knocked off the podium by a lack or horsepower.
Bradley Smith suffered cruel fate at Qatar when his steering damper broke in the opening handful of laps and he was forced to nurse his bike home. He has a great pedigree around the Spanish track and was fastest there in official testing.
Danny Webb also rode the wheels off his Aprilia to claim a top ten but he suffers from the same minor horsepower problem as Redding.
The class also has a local hero for the Spanish fans to cheer on, with Bancaja Aspar rider Sergio Gadea establishing himself as a title contender with a ‘guts and glory’ performance in round one. A second Grand Prix victory from his 70th race in the lower cylinder class came against the odds for Gadea, who was riding with a dislocated collarbone that had him questioning his participation.
Behind him in Qatar, the until-now inconsistent Joan Olive is experiencing his best start to a season onboard the Belson Derbi machine, accompanying fellow countryman and 2007 Rookie of the Year Pol Espargaro. He occupied the second podium spot at Losail, with Grizzly Gas Kiefer racing’s Stefan Bradl filling the rostrum.