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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 162: Mulling Over Misano Madness

The San Marino Grand Prix at Misano threw the 2020 MotoGP championship yet another curveball, producing the fifth winner in six races and the fourth first-time victor in the premier class. On Tuesday, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered remotely to chew over the events of the weekend. David Emmett and Steve English talk to our man on the ground, Neil Morrison, about a wild Misano weekend.

We start off with Franco Morbidelli, of course, the Italian taking a well-deserved win, but cover so much more. We talk about the VR46 Academy, and what it means for Italian racing, and Valentino Rossi's legacy in MotoGP. We talk about Rossi's teammate, Maverick Viñales, and discuss where he went wrong in the race, and why he is so fast in practice and struggles so badly in the race.

That leads on to a debate of what happened with Fabio Quartararo, and what went wrong for the Petronas Yamaha rider at Misano. We talk about the strong race of Pecco Bagnaia and Joan Mir, and how they ended up on the podium. We take a glance at Ducati's 2021 line up, and their options.

We go through all the other talking points of the race weekend, and end up with our winners and losers.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
7
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 161: Steve And Neil Talk Teruel WorldSBK At Aragon And MotoGP At Misano

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and Neil Morrison get together to take a long look back at the second WorldSBK at Aragon last weekend, and a short look ahead to MotoGP at Misano.

They start off with a discussion of what happened at the Teruel round of WorldSBK at Aragon. Steve and Neil talk about how Jonathan Rea came away with a comfortable championship lead from the second round at the Motorland Aragon circuit, building on his strength at the track. They discuss how crew chief Pere Riba told Rea to dig inside himself to find something extra, and how Rea actually managed to do that, and how important that mental strength is to race.

Neil and Steve then go on to talk about the implications for the rest of the championship. About how Scott Redding couldn't manage his tires well enough to be competitive, and whether he worries too much about the downsides of his size and weight to exploit the advantages it can also bring. They discuss why the Yamahas had a relatively mediocre weekend, how Honda fared at the track, and who might be in the frame for a ride there.

With Michael Ruben Rinaldi having an outstanding weekend, that leads on to a debate on what is happening in the WorldSBK silly season, which seats are open and who could end up going where. They talk about the options at Honda, BMW, and Ducati.

Finally, Neil and Steve finish up with a quick look ahead at the upcoming MotoGP weekend at Misano. Will Yamaha recover? Can KTM keep up the momentum? What happens for Ducati? Can Suzuki do well? Will the Moto2 class continue to serve up exciting racing? And can Albert Arenas keep control of the Moto3 class?

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
5
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 160: Steve And Gordo Discuss Aragon WorldSBK

In the middle of the first of two double headers for the WorldSBK series at the Motorland Aragon, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sit down to talk about what a double header at the same track looks like. Steve and Gordo kick off with a few words on what to expect, and whether using the alternative layouts which Aragon has would have spiced things up a bit.

They cover a fair amount of ground in the podcast: they take a look at Ducati, and what Scott Redding's win in race 1 means for the championship, how the Ducati fares at the Aragon circuit, and whether anyone has an advantage at the track. They debate the signing of Tom Sykes to partner Michael van der Mark at BMW, and the knock-on effect that will have on the WorldSBK rider market. And there is a discussion of who gets to take the Honda WorldSBK ride, whether Leon Haslam stays or Cal Crutchlow will take the offer of a ride in WorldSBK if there is no room in MotoGP.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
4
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 159: Another Wild Weekend In Styria, Austria

Another MotoGP round at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, another bunch of incident-packed races, and another Paddock Pass Podcast to chew it all over. In this edition Neil Morrison and David Emmett try to make sense of everything that happened on the second successive week in Spielberg.

There was plenty to talk about. Neil and David go over another thrilling finish, the race decided in the final corner as it so often is at the Red Bull Ring. We talk about KTM's success, with Miguel Oliveira getting their second MotoGP win in three weekends, the first for Portugal, and the first for the Tech3 team. We discuss Pol Espargaro vs Jack Miller, whether the Suzuki is the best bike on the grid, and how Joan Mir was foiled by a restart.

Naturally, we take a deep dive into the issues with Yamaha, why Maverick Viñales had such a massive smash at Turn 1, and the braking prroblems all of the Yamahas were suffering. We ponder whether Yamaha's woes are permanent or just tied to the Red Bull Ring, and how they will fare at Misano. We take a look at the track limits penalties, and try to make sense of why Jorge Martin was given a penalty, Marco Bezzecchi wasn't, and nor was Pol Espargaro. We wonder about Marc Marquez and his injury, and what that means going forward. And then we finish off with our winners and losers.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
6
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 158: Dodging A Bullet On A Weird Red Bull Ring Weekend

The first round of MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring, the Austrian Grand Prix, was so wild from start to finish that we had to get a show out early. On Monday, Steve English, Neil Morrison and David Emmett got together virtually to discuss the events of the Austrian weekend for the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

There was an awful lot to talk about: the incident with Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli generated a massive amount of controversy, about whose fault it was, and how dangerous the track is. We sift through the details and try to make sense of it, discuss what the fallout might be, and whether the crash might have cost Franco Morbidelli yet another engine.

Much, much more happened besides, once the racing started, and we walk through most of the details, answering listener questions along the way. There was Andrea Dovizioso's stunning win following his equally stunning announcement that he will be leaving Ducati at the end of the season. We ponder what happens next, where he might end up, and what it means for Ducati. We talk about how the crash and restarted race affected the tires available for the MotoGP riders. We discuss Joan Mir's podium, what could have been for Pol Espargaro, Alex Rins' crash, the state of KTM, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, why Maverick Viñales seems in deep trouble, and more.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
5
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 157: Reviewing MotoGP At Brno And WorldSBK At Portimao

This week's episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something of a bumper episode, with racing happening both in the Czech Republic and in Portugal, but fortunately, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew have both MotoGP and WorldSBK covered.

Neil Morrison and David Emmett kick off the show, with a discussion of a thrilling and fascinating MotoGP race at Brno. We kick off with a review of the state of the track, which caused so many problems for a lot of the riders, and helped create a surprising and exciting race. Neil and David spend plenty of time discussing the achievement of Brad Binder, the South African rookie winning just his third ever MotoGP race. That naturally leads on to a discussion of KTM, and their road to success, and what comes next.

Neil and David have plenty more to talk about, including the incident between Johann Zarco and Pol Espargaro, which saw Espargaro crash out of the race after contact with Zarco. Racing incident or worthy of a penalty? We talk about Franco Morbidelli's well-deserved first podium, Fabio Quartararo's face-saving 7th place, Maverick Viñales' dismal 14th position, and what is going on at Ducati.

The discussion of how factories deal with a spec tire naturally segues in to the same situation in the WorldSBK series. The Paddock Pass Podcast WorldSBK division, consisting of Steve English and Gordon Ritchie, take a look at the contrasts between the races at Jerez and at Portimao, with Ducati being exceptional in Spain and Jonathan Rea dominating in Portugal.

Steve and Gordo then have a fascinating conversation about where the next WorldSBK champions will come from, and which series will act as feeder series. They examine how MotoGP's talent pool can sometimes trickle across, and how the differences between BSB and other national series, and WorldSBK, make it more difficult and provide fewer incentives to transfer. They also talk about the role of wildcards, and how the different technical regulations between series have made it harder for teams and riders to enter as wildcards.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
4
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 156: Jerez WorldSBK Review

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast sees Steve English and Gordon Ritchie take a look at the return of WorldSBK. The World Superbike riders took over the garages vacated by the MotoGP teams the week before, and put on a show to match them, giving Steve and Gordo lots to talk about.

They start off taking a look at how Jonathan Rea held up on the return of WorldSBK, and how he addressed the challenge posed by Scott Redding. They look at how Alex Lowes handled a tougher weekend for the Kawasaki rider, but still managed to find something on Sunday. Of course they spend a lot of time discussing Scott Redding's strong weekend and his takeover of the WorldSBK championship.

Steve and Gordo cover plenty more, up and down the grid, including how Chaz Davies refound himself, how Yamaha got on, with Toprak Razgatlioglu shining in the first race, and how Honda and BMW have struggled. They also answer a few listener questions.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
2
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 155: Ups And Downs In Andalusia

With the second MotoGP race of the 2020 season in the books, the Neil Morrison and David Emmett spend this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast looking back at the Gran Premio de Andalucia, and the events which surrounded it. We kick off, unsurprisingly, with Marc Marquez' abortive return from injury, how he did it and how he ended up not racing.

Next, we turn to Yamaha, the other massive story from the weekend. Fabio Quartararo grabbed his second win in a row, and did so convincingly. Valentino Rossi also made a return to the podium, a massive turnaround in his fortunes. And though Maverick Viñales finished second for the second race in a row, we couldn't help but feel that there was something lacking in his performance.

It was not all good news for Yamaha of course, with Franco Morbidelli suffering an engine failure in the race, making it three technical issues for Yamaha in two races. A cause for concern with Brno and Austria coming up.

We then examine how the other factories did. Should Andrea Dovizioso be disappointed to finish sixth, or satisfied that he was once again first Ducati. What happened to Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia. We look at Suzuki's tough weekend, Aprilia's continuing issues, and the large number of DNFs in this second race. We discuss the KTM situation, what looks like a competitive bike missing out on the results it should be capable of. And we touch on Takaaki Nakagami's best ever MotoGP result, and the solid progress made by Alex Marquez.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
3
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 154: The Drama At Jerez

Finally, there is real racing to talk about on the Paddock Pass Podcast, and so Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett debate everything that happened at the reopening round of MotoGP at Jerez. There is of course the big news of Marc Marquez' injury, the reigning champion breaking his arm. We talk about how it happened, and what it means for the championship.

Then we take a look at all the talking points from the weekend. What does Fabio Quartararo's first win mean for MotoGP? Did Maverick Viñales make the right tire choice? Can Valentino Rossi fix his problems with the rear tire?

We discuss the strength of the Ducatis, whether this is Andrea Dovizioso's best chance to win a MotoGP title, and whether Jack Miller will take points off Dovizioso by winning a race or two. We look at Suzuki's and Aprilia's dismal weekends, and how they happened. And we take a special look at KTM, Pol Espargaro's excellent result, Brad Binder's podiumworthy pace, and whether the KTM is now ready to be a regular podium contender.

We also find time to answer a few listener questions, and look ahead to the next race at Jerez this Sunday.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
1
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 153: Back At Last!

With the MotoGP paddock assembled once again at Jerez, racing is on the verge of starting again. On Wednesday evening, after the test at Jerez had concluded for all four classes racing this weekend, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew got together to discuss what happened at the test, and what to expect from the resumption of racing. Steve English and Neil Morrison are down in Jerez on commentary duties for the WorldSBK and Moto2 and Moto3 classes respectively, while David Emmett looked on remotely and lived through the entire Zoom remote debrief experience.

We start off with a look at the test, and ask what can be learned from the two sessions of 90 minutes that the MotoGP riders had on the Jerez circuit. We talk about the conditions at Jerez, and how the intense heat will affect the race, with track temperatures likely to be 20°C higher than during a race in May. We ask whether the Yamaha can really be as strong as it looks on paper at Jerez, and how they will fare against Marc Marquez.

We discuss the impact that Michelin's new tire will have on the series, and whether Honda and Ducati are really at a disadvantage. We  go over Ducati's curious history at the Jerez circuit, and what impact that will have on the long run of such a compact championship. And we finish off with a look at the confirmations which came this week, of Pol Espargaro going to the Repsol Honda team, of Alex Marquez being moved to the LCR Honda squad, and Cal Crutchlow being dropped by HRC.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
1
year: 
2020

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