Teammate Valentino Rossi is also looking forward to riding at the Losail circuit and plans on making a strong entrance to the season like last year when he secured a brilliant and hard-fought victory. The Doctor felt very comfortable with the new Michelin tyres and electronics during the winter testing and is confident his hard work will pay off as he aims to further improve his already great record of four wins in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2015 and four second places in 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2014 in Qatar.
"Finally we start talking about racing! I'm very glad that a new season begins," Rossi enthused. "Our tests were definitely positive, but the race is another thing. During testing we've learned a lot about the new tyres and electronics, but there are many other things to discover and this first race will be really important to understand the real potential of the bikes and the riders.
"Last season for me began very well. I don't know if I will be able to repeat that result but I will try to get on the podium for sure. It will be important to start to work well from the first sessions and get ready and have clear ideas going into the race. I feel ready and motivated and so does the team, so let's go!"
Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director - added, "The first few races will be particularly interesting as they will give an impression of which teams and riders have found the best combination with the new tyres and electronics. The competition might be the closest ever in the history of MotoGP, but we are confident we will be able to give the Yamaha fans as much reason to cheer as we did last year while we try to defend our Triple Crown. Our supporters can look forward to a thrilling race for the first round and an equally exciting new season. Let's start the show!"
Main Photo: Jorge Lorenzo