The boys rinse the stinking Qatar rose water out of the leathers, pack up and head off to sunny Jerez, Spain. Nestled in the sun burnt hills south of Madrid, Jerez is a favorite of many fan and rider. Expect 40 billion Sangria soaked Spaniards to be rioting and looting if Danni Pedrosa does or doesnâ€™t win. Either that or they set all the portaloos ablaze with their leftover fireworks anyway. Ducati head to Jerez with a cocky Italian strut knowing they have the fastest, meanest and reddest bike on the planet. The red bike was so fast they are still pulling FIAT logos out of the air box. One point to note is that it is also handling good well demonstrated by Casey Stoner pulling out the fastest lap Qatar right on the last lap. Top work son, but look for Loris Capirossi to bounce back after his fall and be strong in Spain. The Bridgestone tires seem to be working very well as Stoner was only on mediums for the race in Qatar while Rossi had his hard Michelins. The folk at Yamaha must be wondering where the lost 65 hp went to. They were relatively snail like down the chute at Qatar, but the bike looks impressive under brakes and into the corners. There will be 467 Japanese engineers working day and night back at the factory trying to find some engine speed for Rossi but it wonâ€™t be a huge disadvantage at Jerez due to the much shorter straights, and Rossi is a master here already taking home a BMW for the fastest rider at the official MotoGP test. Edwards was also strong in preseason testing here, and now with the limited number of tires available for race weekends, politics wonâ€™t prevent him from getting the best race day equipment. Honda probably left Qatar scratching there heads as to why they couldnâ€™t run with Rossiâ€™s slow Yamaha and the Bridgestone shod Ducati, and had to battle for a minor place with a Suzuki of all things. Danni P. will want to show his strength at his home GP and all the Repsol head honchos will be in attendance wanting Rossi blood. Nicky Hayden is already under massive pressure after a poor showing at Qatar. This season will be a constant uphill grind for the Kentucky Kid as he will have to battle stronger opposition and a purpose built Danni Pedrosa Honda as well as the usual HRC politics. He has to turn things around at Jerez straight away. The rest of the Honda mob will be left to there own devices sorting out the new 800 cc bike but look for Tony Elias to shine. The real dark horses of the competition are the Smurf coloured Suzukiâ€™s. They look to be working well with the Bridgestone tires, have equivalent horsepower to the Yamaha (Not much!!) and have two hungry skilled riders. I expect John Hopkins to break out for his first win of the season this year and I will drink much beer in celebration. Chris Vermuelen provides strong back up in this rapidly improving team, but will need to exert his dominance early if he wants to remain at Suzuki. We have already lost Illmor from the grid after only one round. This must be a worry for the Dorna, and I bet they wish BMW or KTM (Much less likely) would hurry up and field an entry to increase the grid numbers. You can also see the struggle the Kawasaki and customer Ducati teamâ€™s face just trying to field two riders. Team Green already looks somewhat lost and they need rapid improvements. I love the section of Curva Alex Criville linking into Curva Ferrari followed by the hairpin Ducados onto the straight which often sets the scene for some last lap heroics that Jerez is infamous for. I canâ€™t wait. Well Iâ€™m going to kick back with great friends, down some Sangria and a watch the worlds best pilots ride around one of my favorite tracks on the calendar.