There has been plenty of winter speculation about Valentino Rossi's chances of winning his first race for Ducati, just as he did for Yamaha in 2004, but Casey Stoner has a far more likely chance of achieving a 'double-debut' victory.
Stoner won by almost three-seconds on his Ducati MotoGP debut at Qatar in 2007 and, following his switch to Repsol Honda, has been the man to beat during 2011 pre-season testing, leading five of the eight days.
The Australian also has a superb history at the Losail circuit - with the exception of last year when he crashed from the lead - winning in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
But Stoner is taking nothing for granted, and speaking only in terms of getting a 'good result' on Sunday evening.
"After a strong winter testing period, I'm very happy with the set-up we have found on the bike and I go into this race weekend looking for a good result,” said Stoner.
“When the flag drops, we will see the true pace of all our competitors and know where we stand and I can't wait.
“Usually, I feel comfortable here at the Losail circuit and I hope that this year - my first with the Repsol Honda Team, we can achieve a good result".