Shoulder surgery in late December led to the most challenging off-season of Marquez's career and hundreds of hours of physiotherapy.
Maintaining the mantra of 'there are no points for testing', the reigning world champion had a, by his standards, subdued testing campaign, (where he also had a crash), but arrives in Qatar happy with the feeling of his Honda RC213V and with his physical condition.
"Finally, it's time to go racing once again! This winter has been different due to the surgery, I worked hard with five hours of physio per day with only one goal: arrive in the best conditions in the first race of the year," said Marquez.
Since entering the premier class in 2013, Marquez has never finished outside of the top five in Qatar.
"Qatar is always a special round, not just because it is the first of the year but also because of the conditions. We will have to pay special attention to the temperature and consider everything before the race," the Spaniard added.
The Qatar GP will be Lorenzo's racing debut in Repsol Honda Team colours. Having improved his lap time at the Qatar Test by 2.437sec, Lorenzo is looking to continue his adaptation to the Honda RC213V.
Although Lorenzo was forced to miss the Sepang Test due to a broken scaphoid, his potential on the Honda is clear and the weekend will present him with more crucial bike time.
With six wins and five podiums from 15 visits, the Losail International Circuit is amongst Lorenzo's strongest.
"Lining up on the grid in Qatar is something I have been picturing during the entire off-season. It's a new era for me and for the team, it is a special moment to be riding for the Repsol Honda Team. I'm ready to give everything to achieve the best results I can on the Honda," Lorenzo said.