Having failed to score in the first three rounds of last season, Moto2 title runner-up Marc Marquez is aiming for a much more positive start his 2012 campaign at Qatar this weekend.
But it's been a far from normal pre-season for Marquez, who missed all but one official test due to double vision problems following last October's practice fall in the penultimate Sepang round.
"I've been waiting for this week to arrive. We are heading to Doha this Tuesday, where we will be starting a new Moto2 season and hoping to achieve a much better result than last year [when he crashed out],” he said.
“The entire team have worked very hard this winter to be ready for this moment and I only have words of thanks for them and the sponsors. The [eye] injury is less and less of an issue now, something that is a very positive sign for the start of the World Championship.
“These have been difficult months, but once we arrive in Qatar there is no looking back and we must try to enjoy ourselves. The Losail track is one that I like: It's fast, very unique and a place where I hope that the Suter can give maximum performance".
The Repsol Suter rider was fifth quickest at the end of the Jerez test.