Scott Redding heads for this weekend's third round of the Moto2 World Championship leading the standings for the first time.
The 20-year-old Briton may still be seeking his first Moto2 win, but 2-5 finishes in the rounds so far have given him an early four-point lead over Austin winner Nico Terol.
Marc VDS Kalex rider Redding who took his first Moto2 pole in Texas, expects the Spanish round to be one of the toughest of the season - when he will face the likes of home heroes Terol and title favourite Pol Espargaro.
"Jerez promises to be a tough weekend, one of the toughest of the season. A lot of riders are fast at this track and the Spanish riders in particular are always keen to do well at home,” said Redding.
“After just two races the championship is just names on a piece of paper, but at least it shows we've started strongly and that we can be in the hunt for the title.
“I'm in with a shout of winning races then I'll go for it, but this year it's not about winning every race, it's more about scoring points every weekend. That's what we did in Texas and that's how we'll continue. If I can come away from Jerez still leading the championship then I'll be satisfied."
Team principal Michael Bartholemy hinted that home pressure might not be entirely positive for the likes of Terol and Espargaro. Redding is currently six points clear of Espargaro, who crashed out in Texas.
"We are leading the championship, but the pressure will be on the likes of Nico Terol and Pol Espargaro this weekend. It's their home grand prix and I'm sure they'll be keen to put on a show for their fans,” he said. “For us it's just another race; a race that we'll approach in the same was as we did Qatar and Texas, hopefully with the same result.”
Redding's team-mate Mika Kallio is joint second in the standings alongside Terol and another Spaniard, Esteve Rabat.
Meanwhile, in the Moto3 class, Marc VDS rookie Livio Loi will make his grand prix debut having recently turned 16.
"It's been a long wait but, finally, I get to make my grand prix debut this weekend in Jerez and I'm really looking forward to it,” he said. “I was quick in the wet during preseason testing at the circuit, but we had a few issues with set-up in the dry.
“This is something we addressed last week while we were at Catalunya and I'm confident that we've made a significant improvement in this area now. My main aim this weekend in Jerez is to continue the learning process but, if all goes well, then I think a top 20 finish is a realistic goal."