Scott Redding can't wait to make his Kalex Moto2 race debut in this weekend's Qatar night race.
The 19-year-old Marc VDS rider endured a frustrating second season on Suter machinery in 2011, managing just 15th in the championship after scoring points in only half the races.
But the 2008 British 125GP race winner has been rejuvenated by the chassis change, leading one of the three official tests.
"I've been thinking about Qatar since the Valencia race last year! Pre-season testing went well, but testing isn't racing, and I can't wait to get back out there and battling this weekend. I want to start the season on a high, which for me would be a top five or top six finish this weekend,” Redding declared.
“Last year we had a DNF in the first race, which did us no favours, and we can't afford the same this time around. In the past I've gone flat out from the first second of the first session, but this year I'll be taking it a bit easier, building up the speed in practice so that we're fast when it counts; in qualifying.
“Saying that, the first session can't come quick enough for me now. I love riding this bike!" concluded Redding, who took two podiums during the inaugural 2010 Moto2 season.
Team-mate Mika Kallio is equally confident for Qatar, which will mark the start of the Finn's second season in the 600cc grand prix category.
The former MotoGP rider was fourth fastest during the final pre-season test, in which Redding was seventh.
"A cool, calm and collected approach, just as we did in testing, is the key to securing a podium finish this weekend,” declared the experienced Kallio, a multiple 125 and 250cc race winner. “And that is my only goal in Qatar; to start this season as I ended the last, with another top three finish.
“We went well in testing, but the Qatar circuit is very different in character to Jerez. There is also less grip available because of the sand that blows onto the track. But I am quite confident that we can find a good set-up on the bike, as it seems to work well wherever we go. I'm looking forward to the first race and getting my season off to a good start."