Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 30 - Isle of Man TT Special

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, we step away from the usual world of MotoGP and World Superbikes to take a deep dive into one of the most iconic motorsports events on the planet: the Isle of Man TT. Asphalt & Rubber's Jensen Beeler talks to the men on the ground on the Island, Tony Goldsmith and Steve English, in a lengthy discussion that covers almost every aspect of the TT, and includes an interview with TT legend John McGuinness. Being a native of the Isle of Man, Tony Goldsmith brings a unique perspective to the race, and how the Island views the event.

Tom Sykes Extends With Kawasaki For Two More Years

The Kawasaki World Superbike line up will remained unchanged for the next two years. On Monday morning, the Kawasaki Racing Team announced they had signed Tom Sykes to another two-year contract for WorldSBK. 

Sykes will line up alongside Jonathan Rea in 2017 and 2018, as he has for this season and last. There had been a lot of speculation that Sykes could jump ship to Ducati, after the Italian factory had handed him a de facto blank check for his signature. Sykes preferred to remain with Kawasaki, however, despite the animosity in the Kawasaki garage between the two riders.

Alex Rins Confirmed At Suzuki, Aleix Espargaro and Johann Zarco Left Out in the Cold

The next piece in the puzzle which is the 2017 MotoGP grid has fallen into place. As had been widely expected, Alex Rins has signed a two-year deal to race with the factory Ecstar Suzuki team from next year. Rins will line up alongside Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki GSX-RR next season.

Rins had long been favorite to take the second seat at Suzuki, as his profile best suited the Ecstar Suzuki team's strategy of having young rider with potential alongside a fast, more experienced rider to help lead development. When Maverick Viñales left for the Movistar Yamaha team, Rins was the name most touted to take his place.

2016 Misano World Superbike Saturday Notes: Tense Races, and Taking Risks to Win

There are races that are thrilling, and there are races that are tense. Saturday's World Superbike race at Misano was the latter. After the two Kawasakis escaped from the pack – a pack where Misano's notorious Turn 1 chicane had wreaked havoc on the grid, as usual – Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were never separated by more than a few tenths. You could feel that an attack was inevitable, that the status quo could not stand. Something was coming, and that made the race feel excruciatingly tense.

2016 Misano World Supersport FP3: Krummenacher Ahead Of Sofuoglu

The Pucetti Racing pair of Randy Krummenacher and Kenan Sofuoglu circled within a tenth of a second of each other with the Swiss rider comong out on top in this untimed session. Federico Caricasulo continued his weekend's strong performance a quarter of a second further back.

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