“Bienvenido en Espana” for Vanluchene and Willemsen joint leaders
The hard and fast Talavera de la Reina track south-west of Madrid will be a total contrast from the sand in Belgium. Those crews who struggled to tame the soft conditions will have the chance spread their wings and fly in Spain. Round Two heads south with the current champions Marvin Vanluchene and Ben van den Bogaart equal on points with Daniel Willemsen and Luc Rostingt.
On a track where he took victory one year ago, the young Belgian must be relishing the prospect of increasing his points advantage over his rivals.
The same could easily be said of a whole group of top teams. Podium finishers that day included Koen Hermans/Nicolas Musset and Stuart Brown/Joe Millard. Etienne Bax/Kaspars Stupelis had one strong ride there, with Willemsen as consistent as ever. He and Luc Rostiongt have definitely clicked together.
Both these Dutch stars will be right at the front you can be sure.
Throw into the mix hard-pack specialist Valentin Giraud, revisiting the scene of his huge crash with Elvijs Mucenieks, and you have an explosive cocktail of talent. Giraud now has a young German alongside in the shape of Andres Haller, who proved his worth last weekend in arduous conditions.
The weekend will be far from easy for Vanluchene, but just one round in, the 2019 season is looking brilliant already.
Julian Veldman, like Giraud, is now Mega powered instead of the AMS four- stroke, and if his victory in race one in Belgium is anything to go by, it suits him.
He and Glenn Janssens would have had more success in race two, but for a hard tumble.
So the stage is set for a cracking round two, and I for one am really looking forward to see who comes out on top.
We will be across the weekend in Spain in force with bulletins and newsfeeds from both days, and the one hour high-lights show close behind.
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From Barry Nutley