And as he enters his sixth year in top class of FIM World Championship Grand Prix racing, Marquez could not control his excitement.
"I'm really excited that the first race has finally arrived. It looks like it'll be a very competitive season, starting from the first race here in Qatar," said Marquez.
Impressive winter tests
The 25-year-old impressed in the final pre-season winter tests and he is hoping to continue from where he left off.
"Having tested here so recently, we know there are several riders who are already very fast, within only 2-3 hundredths, so the race could be exciting and anything can happen on Sunday. We've also worked well during the winter tests and now we look forward to getting started," he added.
Change in schedule
The time schedule has undergone some important changes this year, with the event being reduced from four days to the standard three-day period, as it is for the other venues on the calendar.
Opening practice begins Friday. Each day's events have been rescheduled, and on Sunday the anticipation for racing will build, with the MotoGP race running at 7 pm local time instead of 9 pm.
The Qatar stop is the only MotoGP race that is held at night, and this will be the 11th time it has been run under the floodlights and Marquez is relishing the challenge.
"The Qatar round is a unique one compared to the others on the calendar, and we're aware that it's not one of the easiest for us. It'll be a long season and we'll continue working on our bike's setup to try and make the best of every situation on race day."