Marc Marquez faced his 2012 Moto2 rivals for the first time during testing at Jerez on Monday, when he declared that his five-month fight with eyesight problems is now over.
The 19-year-old title runner-up, who had been sidelined by double vision after a practice fall in the penultimate Malaysian round of last season, finally made his Moto2 comeback in a private test at Albacete earlier this month.
But the start of this week's final pre-season test at Jerez marked the first time Marquez had been on track with his Moto2 rivals. The Repsol Suter rider finished Monday in fifth position, rebuilding his confidence as he finished 0.453sec behind leader Thomas Luthi (Suter).
"I had a really good feeling today," said the former 125cc world champion. "I was dying to get back on track with the rest of the riders.
"After checking that my eyesight issue was resolved at Albacete, I was able to come here for testing.
"As today was the first day, we took this session as a time for recovering our feel for this long, fast track.
"Obviously it was a little tough at the start, but I was able to find my braking points and feel better with every lap. We did a good job today and tomorrow we can start on the set-up.
"I still need to get my confidence back on the bike, which is something on which we will be focusing in this final preseason test."
Moto2 testing continues on Tuesday and Wednesday.