After an extend hiatus due to the practical difficulties of trying to synchronize different schedules, the Paddock Pass Podcast is back. In the latest episode, Neil Morrison and David Emmett join Steve English to talk about the end of the 2016 MotoGP season and the start of 2017.
We touch briefly on the Valencia race, before getting into the detail of what we had all been waiting for throughout the weekend: what all the different riders switching manufacturers looked like on their new steeds. There was a lot to cover, with talk of both the Valencia and Jerez tests.
It is hard to say which of the rider switches was the most anticipated, but Maverick Viñales to Yamaha was definitely high on everybody's lists. We talk in depth about how Viñales is viewed by Yamaha, and how his adaptation to the M1 has gone. Naturally, we also talk about Jorge Lorenzo, his last race with Yamaha and how the test went with Ducati.
We also discuss the impressive pace of Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki, taking over from the departing Viñales. That leads us on to his new teammate Alex Rins, and a comparison of how the various rookies stacked up on their debuts. Then there is KTM, and the challenges they face in coming in to what is now a very tough class.
The Jerez test also threw up plenty of talking points. Not least Jonathan Rea's incredible lap time and race pace at the test. We go over the developments in the World Superbike paddock, and how that season is stacking up as well. A lot to talk about, and a lot to try to pack in to an hour and a quarter.
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