If there is a pivotal moment in Yamaha’s path to 2020, it is Saturday, 11th August 2018. Maverick Viñales had qualified in eleventh, over a second behind polesitter Marc Márquez. Valentino Rossi hadn’t even made it into Q2, and would start from sixteenth. On Saturday afternoon, before Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales started the debriefs with the press, Yamaha’s MotoGP project leader Kouji Tsuya made a public apology, to Yamaha’s riders, and to the media. The M1 wasn’t good enough, and Rossi and Viñales deserved better.