When it comes to pre-season MotoGP preparations, the last thing a manufacturer needs is an injured rider, especially with running now limited to just two three-day tests before the first race.
But Honda hasn't had just one rider at less than full fitness in the run-up to this weekend's Qatar curtain-raiser; it's had three. Reigning champion Marc Marquez, his new team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and LCR's Cal Crutchlow have all been hobbled by injury throughout the winter to some extent.
Testing form shouldn't always be taken as an accurate guide of the year to come - Tech3 Yamaha rider Johann Zarco topped last year's closing Qatar test, and he didn't exactly go on to figure in the title battle. But it's clear Honda isn't in the same strong shape it was this time a year ago.