Fabio Quartararo led the first day of running at the Czech Grand Prix, which - on the surface - seems par for the course in the 2020 MotoGP season. After all, the 21-year-old Frenchman has drawn maximum points from the first two races, having started both from pole position.
But it wasn't exactly a smooth day for Quartararo. 'Il Diablo', as he is affectionately known, spent the day battling Yamaha's traditional demons at a Brno circuit lacking in grip compared to last year and compared to Jerez, where the Yamaha/Quartararo combination locked together in perfect harmony like Led Zeppelin's iconic rhythm section of John Paul Jones and John Bonham.
The YZR-M1 has spent the past few years struggling with a lack of traction in low-grip conditions, Yamaha riders helplessly spinning the rear tyre on acceleration while its rivals blast off away from them. Nevertheless, the "weird" issue did come as some surprise to Quartararo, as this year's Michelin tyre has offered greater edge and drive grip because there is a slightly wider contact patch.