The final Rookies Cup contest of the season at Misano, San Marino, this weekend will see a race for the title between Jake Gagne and Danny Kent.
Californian Gagne, who turned 17 last week, leads his 16-year-old rival from Britain by 11 points, with 25 still at stake.
However a third place for Gagne on Saturday would guarantee him overall victory even if Kent takes home the final GP win.
Gagne started slower than Kent, who won the first of the 10-race series in Jerez, Spain, in May, but he has more than made up for it since.
After breaking his duck with victory in the fourth race at Assen, in Holland, Gagne has gone on to taste victory three more times.
The last of those occasions, in Brno, in the Czech Republic, three weeks ago saw the balance of power shift to the American.
In a dramatic conclusion to the penultimate race, Gagne overtook Kent going into the final corner before holding on for the victory which could prove crucial.
There have been five different winners in the nine races contested and, with nine different riders featuring on the podium so far this year, Gagne and Kent have not had it all their own way.
Far from it. The likes of Daniel Ruiz, Daijiro Hiura and Kevin Calia are all capable of adding another win to their tally this weekend in the battle for third place in the cup standings, not forgetting either Brad Binder, the rider currently tied with Hiura in third.
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