If there was any doubt 2020 was going to be a historic season for MotoGP, the Czech round at Brno erased the last of them. It has been a weird year, the COVID-19 pandemic throwing the calendar out of kilter, then the resumption of racing bringing excitement, drama, and a whole boatload of surprises.
There was Marc Márquez breaking his arm one week, and trying to ride the next. There was Fabio Quartararo dominating both races. There was Valentino Rossi looking lost on the first Sunday, and finishing on the podium seven days later. And that was just the tip of the iceberg of weirdness.
After the topsy-turvy events of the two Jerez races, Brno turned the MotoGP world even more upside down. In these subscriber notes, an attempt to make sense of the madness, to filter some signal from the noise. There is a lot of signal, but also plenty of noise. Here's the signals we have picked up so far:
- The rookie who finally lived up to expectations
- The new best bike on the grid?
- The consequences for the championship
- Concessions explained
- Petronas Yamaha's other rider gets what he deserves
- Yamaha's engine situation
- The Zarco vs Espargaro smackdown
- Are Ducati really as lost as they seem?
- Honda's litany of errors
Lots to get through. But there is only one place to start: with the winner.