The first race of 2006 takes place today in Spain, with some new names in the top category. Daniel Pedrosa, Randy de Puniet and Casey Stoner have made the step up from 250cc to the big league and Pedrosa has already shown his speed, taking 2nd place on the grid behind fellow Spaniard Sete Gibernau. He only weighs 47kg so that is worth some extra horsepower!
Australian Chris Vermeulen (yeah Australian with that surname!) is also starting his first full season in Moto GP on the Rizla Suzuki.
World champion Valentino Rossi was 6th fastest but said he was happy with his bike.