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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 101: The Jerez Special

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast features Neil Morrison and David Emmett going over the fascinating events of Jerez. There was so much to talk about after that race, as well as the Monday test.

Neil and David go through the race, and look at Marc Marquez' victory in Spain, and ask what this means for the championship. We of course spend a lot of time on Fabio Quartararo, the disaster he suffered during the race after becoming the youngest ever polesitter, and whether this means the Frenchman is a genuine future star.

We also talk about Suzuki and Alex Rins, and whether he can be a championship contender. And we ponder whether the strong showing by all four Yamahas at Jerez mean that the Japanese factory have fixed their problem. We also talk a little about KTM and their woes, more particularly of Johann Zarco and his failure to adapt. Finally, we take a look at what got tested at the Monday test, and review our winners and losers of the weekend.

The show also features snippets of Jorge Lorenzo, Fabio Quartararo, and Johann Zarco.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 99: All Things Austin - Suzuki Wins Again, Honda's Woes, Yamaha's Strength, And The Future Of The US GP

On the day after the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered in the front room of their Airbnb to talk over the events of an exciting weekend. Jensen Beeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett debate Suzuki's first win, the problems at Honda, the future of the US round of MotoGP, and much more.

We kick off the podcast singing the praises of Alex Rins and Suzuki, after the Spaniard took Suzuki's first win in MotoGP since 2016. We talk both about how highly rated Rins is by his fellow riders, and how he is regarded as a genuine title threat, but also about how the Suzuki improved to become competitive.

We then move on to ponder the situation Honda found itself in at Austin, with Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow crashing out, while Jorge Lorenzo suffered another mechanical issue. We also discuss the outstanding performances of both Valentino Rossi and Jack Miller, asking whether Valentino Rossi could finally win a tenth MotoGP title, and if Miller can take the second factory Ducati seat alongside Andrea Dovizioso next year.

We had a long conversation about the bumps at the Circuit of the Americas, and what they mean for the future of the race at the circuit, and in the US. We examine what alternatives MotoGP has should they choose to leave COTA, and the importance of a US round of MotoGP for the series. We also sing the praises of the MotoAmerica series, which was running alongside MotoGP in Austin.

Spurred on by these considerations, we ponder the future of TV deals, and where the MotoGP.com video package fits in with the future of streaming services, especially as Dorna have also done a deal with DAZN in Spain. What effect will that have, and is the price point of the MotoGP and WorldSBK video packages too high?

We discuss the jump starts by Joan Mir and Maverick Viñales, and wonder how Viñales could make the mistake he did. We also ask whether he could have been in the battle for the race win if he hadn't made that mistake.

Finally, we wrap up with our winners and losers, which includes a debate on whether Jorge Lorenzo will succeed at Honda or not.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 98: Taking Stock Of Argentina - False Starts And MSMA Aerodynamics Arguments

It's a busy time for the Paddock Pass Podcast crew. Hot on the heels of the Aragon WorldSBK edition comes a look back at the MotoGP round in Argentina, and a look ahead to Austin. Jensen Beeler leads a discussion with Neil Morrison and David Emmett of the fallout from the Argentina round.

We kick off with a look at Marc Marquez' domination of the race, and the battle for second behind the Repsol Honda rider. We ponder just how close MotoGP is at the moment, and how the level of equipment and and riders is very equal. We talk about the battle between Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, and the tactics the two used to approach the race.

That leads on to a discussion of Cal Crutchlow's penalty for a false start, and whether the ride through penalty was unfair. We ask whether there could be a better solution, and weigh up alternative options for both assessing a penalty, and different punishments for a false start.

We also talk about the rules around aerodynamics, and the toxic effect that is having on the MSMA, the manufacturers association charged with drawing up the technical regulations. We ask whether the rules could be fixed, and have a philosophical discussion of the role of aerodynamics in racing. Jensen weighs in with his view on how racing R&D can trickle down to production bikes, and whether that will happen with MotoGP aerodynamics.

We finish up the podcast with a look ahead at the race in Austin, and ask if there is anyone who can stop Marc Marquez. And if there isn't, who we expect to be in the fight for second, and what effect that will have on the championship.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 97: Steve And Gordo Talk WorldSBK At Aragon

It's a busy time for racing, with WorldSBK back in Europe and MotoGP in the Americas. In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie get together to discuss the Aragon round of WorldSBK.

They start off with a discussion of how close the race for second has become, given that Alvaro Bautista is, for the moment at least, uncatchable. Steve and Gordo talk about the progress BMW have made with the new bike, and the updates being brought to Aragon, and how BMW are using the WorldSBK series as a development platform for the S1000RR.

Steve and Gordo then take a look at the situation in Yamaha, comparing how Michael van der Mark is stacking up with his teammate Alex Lowes. They also go into the effect which Marco Melandri has had on the Yamaha setup, with the GRT Yamaha now joining the Pata Yamaha team in WorldSBK. They also evaluate how the Ten Kate team and Loris Baz might do on the Yamaha R1 when they join the series. Gordo goes into some depth on the history of Ten Kate, and how they have impacted the WorldSBK championship in the past.

After a quick discussion on Jonathan Rea, the podcast wraps up with an interview with Pata Yamaha rider Michael van der Mark.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 96: A Deep Dive Into Ducati's Swing Arm Spoiler

After the MotoGP Court of Appeal announced their decision on the legality of Ducati's swing arm spoiler, and ahead of this weekend's Argentinian round of MotoGP, Steve English and David Emmett get together to chew the whole thing over for another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

Naturally, the decision on Ducati's spoiler is at the center of the episode. We take a deep dive into the whole subject, going through the process of what happened, and how the appeal ended up in Switzerland at the MotoGP Court of Appeal. We discuss how the rules are made in MotoGP, and what the whole thing means for the future of rule making in the series. We talk about why Ducati's spoiler was ruled legal, and why Aprilia's was not. And we debate how much of a factor Aprilia's Massimo Rivola, who joined from F1, had in the dispute ending up in the Court. Is this an F1 habit, or was this just an argument waiting to happen whoever was in charge?

After that, we take a brief look ahead at the next round of MotoGP in Argentina. Can Andrea Dovizioso hold on to his championship lead? What can we expect from Marc Marquez? Will the Yamahas be competitive? Or could Alex Rins get his first win 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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 95: Steve And Gordo Talk WorldSBK In Thailand

With the latest round of WorldSBK behind us, it's time for another review of the Superbike series with WorldSBK commentator Steve English and the world's leading superbike guru Gordon Ritchie.

Steve and Gordo sat down on Sunday morning before the sprint race in Thailand to discuss the events of Saturday, and look ahead to the races on Sunday. It was, as ever, an enlightening conversation, covering a vast range of subjects around the WorldSBK paddock.

Steve and Gordo kick off with some insight into the events of race 1, and how Alvaro Bautista dominated Jonathan Rea. They talk about how the first two rounds of WorldSBK can be deceptive, because of the unusual nature and circumstances of the Phillip Island and Buriram circuits, and ponder what happens once the circus returns to Europe. And consequently, whether Alvaro Bautista can continue his domination of the series, at Aragon and Assen.

The boys then turn their attention to Chaz Davies, and why he is struggling while his teammate is ripping up the series on the Ducati Panigale V4R. They talk about the BMW, and the difficulties of getting a brand new bike up to speed thousands of miles from the office. They discuss the Yamahas, and how well the four YZF-R1Ms are doing this year. And they debate whether the arrival of Alvaro Bautista is forcing the other teams and riders to up their games again, as was the case in the past when MotoGP riders moved to the WorldSBK series.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 94: The Controversy At Qatar

In latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett get together to discuss the opening MotoGP round at Qatar, and the controversy which engulfed the race, despite it being a thoroughly thrilling episode.

We naturally have to kick off with the dispute which erupted after the race over Ducati's aerodynamic parts. We take a deep dive into how the controversy developed, tracing it back from the first complaints, through the Qatar test, and on to the Qatar race. We discuss what the rules say, whether Ducati's parts are legal or not, and where the appeal submitted by four rival factories goes from here.

We have plenty to talk about in the race as well. We discuss how the race unfolded, and what it tells us about where the different factories stand. We look at Ducati (leaving aside the aero question for now), how much stronger the Honda is this year, how Cal Crutchlow came back from a potentially career-ending injury, and the incredible progress the Suzuki has made in 2019.

We also ask whether Alex Rins can be a title contender this season, and how much of an impact Joan Mir made as rookie. Naturally, we spend a fair amount of time debating whether Yamaha have made any progress at all over the winter, and whether Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales will be competitive this season. And finally, we finish off with our winners and losers of the race.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 92: Reviewing The Sepang MotoGP Test - Winners And Losers

It's been a busy week at Chateau Paddock Pass Podcast, with two shows in a week. After previewing the 2019 WorldSBK season, Neil Morrison traveled to Jerez to cover the Moto2 test at the track, where he joined David Emmett to talk about the MotoGP test at Sepang.

There was plenty to talk about, as the Sepang test had a raft of fascinating narratives. Neil and David go through each factory, and evaluate what they were testing and how it turned out. We discuss how much effect the fact that Honda had to test with the walking wounded had, and whether the Honda RC213V is more competitive than the timesheet shows.

We talk about Suzuki, and just how far Alex Rins might be expected to go, and how Suzuki managed to claw their way back from a disastrous year in 2017. We ask whether Yamaha really are on the right path this time, and whether the change in spirit in Yamaha can turn their fortunes around after a tough 2018.

We have plenty to discuss about Ducati, of course - apart from the astonishing pace set by Pecco Bagnaia. Ducati came with a host of gadgets and upgrades, and we debate what they might be, or whether they are just visual trickery by Gigi Dall'Igna to pull the wool over the eyes at the test.

Finally, we look at KTM, how Johann Zarco's arrival affected the Austrian factory, and how they will find a balance between Zarco and Pol Espargaro. We also spare a few words for Miguel Oliveira, who impressed at this test.

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 Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
0
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 91: How Will The 2019 WorldSBK Season Play Out?

What can we expect from the 2019 WorldSBK season? In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and Neil Morrison review WorldSBK testing and go factory by factory to discuss how they expect each one to fare.

There's plenty of talk about Ducati's new V4R, of course, but first they have to beat Jonathan Rea. Can Leon Haslam keep up with his Kawasaki teammate? Can Tom Sykes reinvent himself at BMW? Will Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark be able to keep up the progress they made in 2018? And how will the arrival of Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese affect Yamaha's chances?

Then there's the arrival of HRC, with Honda switching to the Althea team backed by Moriwaki. Could they make a step forward with the CBR1000RR at last, or will we have to wait for a new bike next year?

Neil and Steve go through all of this and more. 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 Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
0
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 90: Looking Back To 2018, Looking Forward To 2019

As the off season is a time for thinking over what has been and what is to come, and so Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett get together to look back at 2018 and forward to 2019. Steve, Neil, and David all pick one thing which struck them about 2018, and what they are most looking forward to in 2019.

So listen to the boys discuss the travails of Yamaha in 2018, whether it is better to have a clear number one rider or two equal riders, Lorenzo's resurgence in the middle of 2018, the difficulty of winning consistency in WorldSBK. Then listen to them talk about what they are looking forward to in 2019, including how Jorge Lorenzo will fare on the Honda RC213V, whether Alex Rins can carry the 2018 momentum into 2019, the incredible rookie talent coming into MotoGP in 2019, and the influx of new bikes and new teams in WorldSBK.

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 Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
0
year: 
2019

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