MotoGP is back at last, and the season opener gave us all such a lot to talk about. Neil Morrison and David Emmett have a lot to cover in the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.
First, there was the rain, and the folly of organizing a night race in the desert during the "rainy season", however loosely that term may apply to Qatar. Then there was a spectacular and thrilling MotoGP race, with Johann Zarco leading early, Maverick Viñales winning on his first time out on the Yamaha, a podium that even Valentino Rossi didn't expect.
There's the tale of two Ducatis - one fast, one slow, with Dovizioso taking second at Qatar for the third year in a row, and big money signing Jorge Lorenzo finishing eleventh. There was an outstanding first race on the Apriiia by Aleix Espargaro, and an excellent rookie debut by Alex Rins.
Neil and David run through all the action from the MotoGP race, then talk over the events of the Moto2 and Moto3 races. We discuss Franco Morbidelli setting out a marker in Moto2, Joan Mir's mature performance in Moto3, and our impressions of John McPhee's first strong race with the British Talent Team, and Romano Fenati's return from the Moto3 sin bin.
We finish off with a new segment, where we each give our winners and losers of the opening round. Who did Neil and David think were the real stars of the Qatar MotoGP? And who came off worst from the first race?
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