Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 24 - Reviewing Jerez, and Examining Lorenzo's Ducati Switch

The Jerez round of MotoGP left us with plenty to talk about, and so episode 24 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is a long one - even after the edits. Regulars Neil Morrison and David Emmett are joined by Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber to chew over the excitement of the race and the goings on behind the scenes, and at the test afterwards.

24th Grid Slot for 2017 Withdrawn Due to Lack of Manufacturer Support

There will be only 23 bikes on the MotoGP grid in 2017. The FIM today officially announced that the 24th grid slot has been officially withdrawn, after manufacturers could not pledge to supply additional equipment.

There was plenty of interest in the grid slot. Five teams expressed an interest, and three teams submitted an official application for the 24th grid slot. Those teams are believed to have included Pons, LCR, and Ajo, all of whom had previously admitted publicly that they were keen to move up to MotoGP.

2016 Imola World Superbike Race One Results: Fewer Riders, Fewer Laps

Sylvain Guintoli, after a concussion and broken ankle in Superpole, would not race this weekend. Dominic Schmitter and Peter Sebestyen had a coming together at the same place on Acque Minerali that meant neither would start the race and would delay the start. With one lap removed from the running distance to ensure nobody ran out of fuel, a late quick start procedure was implemented, and the nineteen lap race would be one lap short and ten minutes late.

Report and results follow.