Will past demons come back to haunt Yamaha at Jerez?

Yamaha’s strong pace over a stint during Friday’s practice running appears to bode well for success as MotoGP resumes at Jerez. But its poor record in the speed traps could be cause for concern in the race if its quartet don’t qualify at the sharp end.

After four long months, the 2020 MotoGP season finally got underway on Friday with the first two practice sessions for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

The day was topped by reigning world champion Marc Marquez on the combined timesheets, but Yamaha looked to be delivering on its pre-season promise with strong showings for factory rider Maverick Vinales and Petronas SRT duo Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli.

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