The dominant rider for much of winter testing, it was no great surprise when reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo claimed pole, victory and fastest lap at the Qatar season-opener.
But MotoGP is still in the early stages of its new Michelin/single ECU era and, as shown by Lorenzo's struggles at the Phillip Island test, nothing can be taken for granted.
That is especially the case for this weekend's Argentina round, where - unlike at Losail - riders will have no prior testing knowledge and Lorenzo has a prior best finish of third.
“I look forward to racing in Argentina,” Lorenzo said. “After the victory in Qatar and the good feelings on track, I now want to race at a circuit where in the past we struggled a bit.”
The Spanish ace was just fifth in Argentina last season after struggling with both a cold and the hard compound Bridgestone rear tyre, which team-mate Valentino Rossi used to reel in race leader Marc Marquez.
“We need to keep our feet on the ground. We started the championship in a perfect manner but we still need to understand what the behaviour of the bike is like for different track layouts," he confirmed. "I want to check if the bike with these electronics and tyres works well everywhere.
“Anyway to kick off the season like we did in Qatar is a good way to get confidence and work even harder to try to fight again for the victory here. The track is really nice and Argentina as well so I feel happy to go there.”
While Rossi has already re-signed, Lorenzo is yet to accept his two-year extension offer amid speculation he will be targeted by Ducati.