Why frustrating Friday won't derail MotoGP's main man at Brno
From MotoGP's star rookie in 2019, Fabio Quartararo is now the man to beat after his Jerez double. Struggles with an inconsistent rear tyre at Brno will pose a stern test of his credentials as title favourite, but his response so far shows he's up to the task
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.
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