After testing previously at Estoril, the Red Bull Rookies took over the track from the MotoGP riders at Jerez on Monday and Tuesday. The tiny Japanese rider Daijiro Hiura had dominated in Portugal, but at Jerez, it was the turn of the - in Red Bull Rookie terms - veteran rider Sturla Fagerhaug to take the top spot, two tenths of a second ahead of Spaniard Daniel Ruiz, with Hiura half a second off Fagerhaug's time of 1'52.223. With the times they set today, Fagerhaug and Ruiz would have been ahead of the last two official 125 World Championship riders, and 5 seconds behind Julian Simon's best time of 1'47.318.
The original 24 riders have had their numbers swelled by a few riders jumping over from the canceled US series, including American's Benny Solis, Jake Gagne and Australian dirt track ace Josh Hook. All 27 entries will race 8 races this year, at 6 MotoGP rounds, making their debut at the first European round of MotoGP back at Jerez on the first weekend of May.
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