The ETC saw familiar faces fend off the new stars, as Brian Uriate took a double victory in fine style, to lead the standings on his way to Valencia, where he was second last year. He hopes to continue his form from Portugal, but 2021 ETC title winner Max Quiles (Aspar Junior Team) will hope to have something to say about that. Valencia was the scene of his first win of 2022, although it was the only race he failed to finish in during his 2021 season, so it is a case of mixed memories. Third in the standings and so close to a first race win in Race 1 of the season at Estoril, Rico Salmela (Team Estrella Galicia 0,0), with the Finnish rider taking a third podium of his career. At Valencia last year, he achieved a best result of third in Race 1, whilst he’s enjoyed a front row start in second back in 2021. Defending title holder Guido Pini (AC Racing Team) was second in the final race of 2022 in Valencia, where he clinched the title. After a tricky start to 2023, he’ll hope to be back on form for round two.