As his countryman Eric Eggens is also out of action (Eric has an injured back and has just started again to practice), Ben Townley will be the leader of the Austrian set-up. Losing the red plate (championship leader) after his crash in the second German race, Ben dominated the Dutch championship in Oss and regained some confidence.
Living in Belgium and racing the Dutch series for a couple of years, Townley will be the favourite in this class, but after his first ever GP win in Germany, the new championship leader Britain's Stephen Sword could again be strong.
Other likely contenders in the sand will be Tyla Rattray and Andrew McFarlane, while Michaël Maschio, Jamie Dobb, Antonio Cairoli or Alessio Chiodi will try to secure strong points before their home GPs (Britain, France and Italy, the following rounds of the series).
Italian Andrea Bartolini, recovering from his crash during the first German race is sitting out this weekend's action and will return at the Isle of Wight.
The action will start on Saturday at 10am with the first free practice session, with qualifying taking place from 3 to 6pm. On Sunday the MX2 races are scheduled at 12.05 and 15.05, and the MX1 at 13.05 and 16.05.