2011 Qatar MotoGP Test Day 1 Images From @ScottJonesPhoto

The question millions of fans around the world desperately want answering: can he repeat Welkom?

Meet the new boss

Big Ben

The World's Fastest Australian

Nicky Hayden looked resigned rather than happy after tbe first day of testing

Marco Simoncelli has shown blistering pace at Sepang. At Qatar, not so much...

One wag on Twitter dubbed Bautista "the fastest Suzuki in the grid"

Hiroshi Aoyama has been quietly very, very fast during testing

Don't mess with Texas

Fastest man of the first day, Dani Pedrosa

The old man of MotoGP: Loris Capirossi

The Repsol Honda team have new pit logos

Spain, reigning

Night falls in the desert...

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I swear there is no better light for race pics than a night race, or is it just Qatar? The colors are so enhanced. Beautiful!

Rossi's dayglo colors do well too. Love the blues on the Yams.

The black band on Aoyama's arm is so heart-wrenching and respectful it breaks my heart.

Isn't it interesting how you can see the knee-slider tracks mixed in with the rubber arcs on the first day?  (See Simoncelli picture)

Great stuff, Scott!  Thank you.

(P.S.:  Something tells me it's going to be hard to pick up all the color on the Rizla bike in the dark, eh?  What's that one like in person?)