Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 27 - Mugello MotoGP, and WorldSBK at Sepang and Donington

As the motorcycle racing season heats up, Neil Morrison and Steve English bring a very timely edition of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Episode 27 starts off with the inevitable long look at the rider market, after the recent rash of official announcements. Steve and Neil break down the reasons for Maverick Viñales going to Yamaha, Andrea Iannone going to Suzuki, and Dani Pedrosa staying at Honda.

The rider announcements made open a new set of questions, and Steve and Neil go over the various options still left for riders, including the fate of the Espargaro brothers. They then go on to take a look at the three scintillating races held at Mugello, where the winning margin was little more than a bike length in all three classes. After MotoGP, it is time to discuss some World Superbike action, with Neil and Steve talking about the events at Sepang, and looking forward to the British round at Donington Park.

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Very interesting comments about Rossi and Vinales riding together many times this season.  Steve and Neil seem to imply they have been cooperating to some degree since Qatar.  I cringed hearing Jorge and Marc's comments about Rossi/Vinales potentially cooperating during Mugello qualifying, as I originally thought it was just coincidence, but maybe not.  In any event, I never quite understood Vinales' retort about Jorge not being in a position to criticize him (since Jorge was allegedly helping Ianonne in the same way).