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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 17 - Reviewing the Jerez World Superbike Test

It's testing season for all forms of World Championship motorcycle racing, and so there is plenty to talk about. The first of two special testing episodes comes from Jerez, after the World Superbike test held there recently, at which just about all of the teams were present. Steve English, now WSBK commentator for the international TV feed, is joined by Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber, to talk over all of the news from the test and give their impressions of what happened.

In the podcast, Steve and Jensen go through the main contenders for the 2016 World Superbike crown, and take a look at all of the main manufacturers involved. Naturally, all of the favorites are discussed, including WSBK rookie and former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden.

Enjoy the show, and stay tuned, as we will be having a new show very soon, looking back at the MotoGP test at Sepang.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you like the show, please remember to leave us a rating and review on iTunes, as that's a really important way of helping new fans find the podcast. Enjoy the show!

year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 16 - Reviewing the Yamaha Launch

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is here, and though we are a couple of weeks behind on production, this one is definitely worth a listen. Neil Morrison and David Emmett both attended the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team launch in Barcelona, and afterwards, we looked back at the presentation and discussed what we thought.

As we were present at the launch, we also managed to record some of what the riders had to say. The podcast includes the question and answer sessions with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. We also caught up for an interview with Bradley Smith, and he tells us how he is preparing for 2016, and what he expects to achieve this season. Though the recordings are a couple of weeks old, they are all the more interesting in light of the recent Sepang test held last week. Enjoy the show, there are more coming soon.

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year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 15 - Answering Listener Questions

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back for another episode, and this time, we are answering questions sent to the @PaddockPassPod Twitter account. MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett is joined by Steve English and Neil Morrison to answer questions on a very wide range of subjects.

We cover a lot of ground, from hosting a race in Indonesia, to the future of Alex Rins, to how Ducati will fare against Honda next season, and whether Andrea Iannone can win at Qatar. We give our view on the changes to the World Superbike format, with races on Saturday and Sunday now, and also confess to owning rider merchandise (some of which we even paid for out of our own pockets). We take a brief look at whether the term GOAT has any meaning in MotoGP, and who our candidates for it would be. And we consider whether Valentino Rossi will be treated any differently than in previous years by his rivals.

Thanks to everyone who sent in a question, and our sincere apologies to those whose questions didn't get answered. We will be doing this more often, and setting up an email address to send your questions to. Until then, you can reach us on Twitter with your questions and feedback.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. Enjoy the show!

year: 
2015

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 14 - A Last Look Back At The Best Of 2015

The final Paddock Pass Podcast of 2015 is out, and in it, David Emmett, Steve English and Tony Goldsmith take a long look back at the memorable 2015 MotoGP season? Was it the best season ever, we ask?

We also go through our highs and lows of the year, and discuss what we liked best about this season. 

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year: 
2015

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 13 - Superprestigio Edition, And News Round Up

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back again, with a new episode recorded after the Barcelona Superprestigio indoor dirt track race. Show regulars David Emmett and Neil Morrison are joined by Steve English, back from an enforced hiatus due to contractual reasons.

We got together in a hotel room in Barcelona, on the Sunday after the Superprestigio, to talk about what happened at the event, and give a rundown of how we saw it unfold. There was also a bit of news to discuss as well, with David Emmett having talked to new KTM test rider Mika Kallio about the factory's RC16 MotoGP bike. We also talked about the withdrawal of Suter from the Moto2 class, and discuss the reasons for Moto2 becoming such a one-make class. And with Casey Stoner now officially announced as a test rider and brand ambassador for Ducati, we talk about what his arrival means for the brand.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you subscribe on iTunes, please help others find the show by remembering to leave a review. Enjoy the show!

year: 
2015

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 12 - A Look At The Jerez MotoGP And WSBK Test

Episode 12 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and in this episode, MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett talks about the Jerez World Superbike and MotoGP tests with top photographer Tony Goldsmith and brainy young journalist Neil Morrison. Both Tony and Neil were actually present at the tests, and they talk about what they saw out on track. We also discuss the difficulties Honda and Aprilia seem to have adapting to the new electronics, and contrast it with how well Ducati are doing. We also take a look at the progress being made by Michelin on their new tires.

It wasn't just MotoGP at Jerez, of course. The World Superbike riders were also there, and we ponder the seeming superiority of the Kawasakis, and look at how Nicky Hayden fared on his switch to WSBK.

We also do a quick review of the KTM test at Valencia, and ponder the difficulties faced by the Austrian factory in the run up to their return in 2017. We talk about the relative merits of the trellis frame, and contrast their Moto3 bikes with MotoGP. And Tony tells of his adventures at the Macau Grand Prix, one of the most extreme street circuit races still in existence. Enjoy the show!

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. Enjoy the show!

As always, there is an outtake tacked on to the end of this show, which is definitely not safe for work, or those who are sensitive to strong language. The outtake follows the show after a short period of silence.

year: 
2015

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 11 - Testing At Valencia, Stoner's Return, And Listener Questions

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back. Neil Morrison of Crash.net and Roadracing World, and David Emmett of MotoMatters.com got together to discuss the testing which went on at Valencia. We talk about how the Michelin tires fared, and how the brand new spec electronics held up, and how we expect those situations to develop.

The other news that emerged at Valencia was that Casey Stoner is to return to Ducati in a testing role. Neil and David talk about the background to the switch, and why Stoner left Honda to return to Ducati. Finally, we also answer some listener questions, and refuse to divulge the secret back ways into various circuits which save us so much time.

Enjoy the show! 

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year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 10 - Reviewing The Showdown Drama

If we thought the events at the MotoGP race of Sepang could get no more dramatic, we were very wrong indeed. The final MotoGP race of the season turned into a drama of epic proportions, on track especially after the track. 

On Monday, MotoMatters.com's David Emmett, Roadracing World reporter Neil Morrison and top Asphalt & Rubber photographer Tony Goldsmith sat down to discuss the events leading up to the race, the Grand Prix itself and the fractious aftermath. We give our opinion on the actions of Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, and talk about what the protagonists all told us. We also look back at a mammoth season, featuring some of the most astounding race MotoGP has seen

Finally, and on a much cheerier note, we take a quick look at the Moto3 season decider, how Danny Kent finally won the title he had been chasing all year, and how Miguel Oliveira's heroic chases left him coming up short, but still with his dignity.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. Enjoy the show!

As always, the last minutes of the show feature outtakes which are not suitable for sensitive ears or a working environment.

Round Number: 
18
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 9 - Flyaway Madness: A Look At Phillip Island And Sepang

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back again, this time with a bumper episode looking back at the Phillip Island and Sepang races. MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett is joined by Neil Morrison and Tony Goldsmith, both of whom were present at two of the most significant races in recent history. They bring their tales of what went on there, and a discussion of the atmosphere before and after the race.

The usual trio is joined by Jensen Beeler, editor in chief of Asphalt and Rubber, who gives his unique perspective on the events at Sepang, and, as a trained lawyer, gives us a rundown of the legal aspects of Valentino Rossi's appeal to the CAS.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. Enjoy the show!

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Round Number: 
17
year: 
2015

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 8 - Silly Season Updates, Motegi Preview, And More Listener Questions

Although neither David Emmett nor Neil Morrison are at Motegi this weekend, that hasn't stopped us putting out another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Recorded after Aragon, we took a brief look ahead to the Japanese Grand Prix, and ran through the various rumors and reshuffling of riders in all three Grand Prix classes. Despite being recorded in advance, we still managed to get just about everything right so far, except for the lack of announcements. And finally, we turn our attention to listener questions, including such items as why there is no safety car in MotoGP, why MotoGP does not have a combined rider/bike minimum weight, and who will adapt to the Michelin and spec electronics best.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. Enjoy the show!

Once again, if you are listening in a sensitive environment, you may wish to skip the last 30 seconds or so, as it contains some very NSFW language. Thankfully, the main podcast is entirely safe for public consumption.

Round Number: 
15
year: 
2016

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