All the ingredients of another MotoGP classic were in place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya: hot sunshine, the party vibe, limit-squeezing motorcycling technology, a slippery surface, a myriad of crashes and a strong vein of unpredictability.
The fans basked in a fine early summer climate on the banks of the Mediterranean but the heat was on more ways that one. The slick nature of the Grand Prix asphalt threw a large question mark over proceedings. After two days of practice and qualification could Yamaha remain competitive? Would Marc Marquez win a home GP for the first time in five years? Would the youngest racer in the MotoGP class – Fabio Quartararo – make good on his sizzling Pole Position effort?