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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 89: The WorldSBK Extravaganza

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Jensen Beeler, Steve English, and David Emmett take a deep dive into the WorldSBK championship. We take a look back at last season, and use that, and the results of the Jerez WorldSBK test, to preview the 2019 season, leading to a debate on what WorldSBK should be, and the difficulties of managing a racing series for motorcycles which are primarily to be sold for use on the road.

We start off with a long look at Kawasaki, and how Jonathan Rea has come to define the Kawasaki era. We analyze the reasons Rea has become such a dominant factor in the series. But we also discuss Tom Sykes, his situation, and how Sykes has handled Rea coming into the team.

We have a long discussion about the Ducati Panigale V4R, and how it is meant to challenge for the WorldSBK crown. We look back at Chaz Davies' and Marco Melandri's 2018 season, ponder Melandri's firing, and what it means for Ducati's participation in the series.

We talk about Yamaha, and Alex Lowes' strong words on just what Yamaha needs to win in WorldSBK. We compare and contrast the Yamaha and Honda WorldSBK efforts, the difference in factory commitment and the difficulties of competing in a championship on a bike which has not had any significant updates for several years, while new bikes come in and move the class on.

This leads us to a philosophical discussion of what exactly the point is of the WorldSBK series. How do you do performance balancing, and can it be set out in a simple set of rules for such very different bikes? What role does electronics play, and is a single ECU a solution, or would it make things more difficult?

The show also includes a few snippets of interviews with riders, including Leon Haslam, and Alex Lowes. The full-length interviews are available to Paddock Pass Podcast patrons, and accessible through our Patreon page.

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: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 88: Testing At Jerez - MotoGP, WorldSBK, Moto2, MotoE

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and after a week of testing at Jerez over four different classes of bikes, Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett get together to discuss what happened, who brought what, and what it all means for the 2019 season.

We start first with a rundown of how the various factories fared in the MotoGP test, starting with Yamaha, and their development dilemma, and the very different opinions which Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales have of the 2019 Yamaha M1. We then move on to discuss Ducati, and the myriad tricks Gigi Dall'Igna has up his sleeve, including the return of the torque arm for the rear brake and aerodynamic additions to the rear seat.

We talk about Honda and Suzuki, how both of those brands look to be in good shape, with Marc Marquez able to run the medium front tire, and Joan Mir showing real promise alongside Alex Rins. Then we discuss Aprilia and KTM, and how those two factories appear to be struggling, and how they might be able to fix their problems.

We also take a look at the WorldSBK test, with our first chance to take a look at the Ducati Panigale V4R, how Kawasaki fared (and whether anyone can stop Jonathan Rea), and Yamaha, now they have expanded to four riders, with Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese joining the GRT Yamaha squad.

We round off with a look at Moto2, and how the Triumph engine has changed the class, and why KTM seem to be in a lot of trouble compared to Kalex. And finally, a few thoughts on the MotoE championship, whether the racing is going to be any good, and what this means for the future of motorcycle racing.

As part of this show, we have a separate special show for our Patreon backers, featuring Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. In the Yamaha special, you can hear Rossi and Viñales share their thoughts with the media on the two days of testing at Jerez, and how they see the development of the 2019 M1. If you want to hear this, sign up as a Patron and support the Paddock Pass Podcast, and help us improve the show.

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 87: Valencia, The Race And The Test

Another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this time Steve English and David Emmett are wrapping up the last round of MotoGP at Valencia and the test which followed it.

Steve and David start off with a look back at the race, and how the weather affected both the weekend and the race itself. We talk about those who crashed, and those who didn't, and whether the right decision was made in red-flagging the first race. We discuss the strength of the Ducati, Marc Marquez' crash and what consequences it might have, how good the Suzuki has been this year, and KTM's first ever podium.

Then we go on to have a look at the test at Valencia on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the race. We run down who was testing what, why it is important to get the engine right, how the rookies fared on their MotoGP debut, and who impressed us. Steve and David then have their MotoGP monologues, and then run down their winners and losers.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
19
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 86, The Flyaways Edition: Three Back-to-Back Races

After a long hiatus, the Paddock Pass Podcast is back. With David Emmett and Steve English not only in the same timezone, but also in the same room, we finally got a chance to take a look back at the three rounds in the Pacific region.

Instead of recapping the race, Steve and David give their thoughts on the lessons learned at the races. We debate whether Marc Marquez' 2018 title was a fair reflection of the season, take a look at Valentino Rossi's astonishing race at Sepang, and go over the performance of the Suzukis, the Ducatis, and the Yamahas. We take a look at the steps made by Yamaha in the flyaways, which now look a sign of real progress.

Both Steve and David give their MotoGP monologue: David discusses whether Valentino Rossi can win the championship for Yamaha in 2019, and Steve debates whether Marc Marquez is now the greatest rider of all time. We finish up with our winners and losers.

The sound quality of the podcast is not up to the usual standards, due to an equipment failure, but we hope that doesn't spoil the enjoyment of the show.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
18
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 85, The New Tracks Edition: Thailand MotoGP and Argentina WorldSBK

A little later than planned, but the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett get together to discuss the last couple of weeks in World Championship motorcycle racing. Neil returns from the inaugural Thai round of MotoGP in Buriram, while Steve was just off a plane from Argentina, after the first ever WorldSBK round in that country, and at the San Juan Villicum circuit.

We kick off discussion with the MotoGP race in Thailand. Naturally, we have plenty to say about the battle between Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso, which Marquez finally settled in his favor at the last corner. We talk about Jorge Lorenzo's run of bad luck, and the seriousness of his injury, before turning to Yamaha, and whether their strong showing in Thailand is sign of an upturn, or just a fluke.

Then we talk about Argentina, and the first ever WorldSBK race held there. Though the winner was entirely predictable, there was still plenty to talk about. We take a deep dive into the Silly Season in WorldSBK, and why there are still so many seats left open, before discussing what effect the new Ducati V4 will have.

In the final part of the show, we have our MotoGP Monologues, in which each of us defend a proposition for a minute. Steve discusses whether Jonathan Rea is really the greatest Superbike rider of all time, Neil asks whether Dovizioso vs Marquez is the new Rainey vs Schwantz, and David ponders whether Ana Carrasco's WorldSSP300 championship heralds a new era for women in motorcycle racing. We finish up, as ever, with our winners and losers.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
15
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 84: Motorland Marc, Dynamic Ducatis, And Lamentable Yamaha

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss a tense and exciting MotoGP race at Aragon. It was action packed right from the start, with Jorge Lorenzo crashing in the first corner.

We start off talking about the race, and how Marc Marquez went about winning it. We then turn our attention to Ducati, how they have made the progress they have had, and what Andrea Dovizioso's strong result at a track which has historically been bad for them means for the future.

Suzuki's success at Aragon was also worthy of note, and we discuss the progress they have made, and what it means that they have now lost their so-called concessions. And we spend some time diving into what has gone wrong with Yamaha, and who is to blame.

We finish off with our MotoGP Monologues, each of us giving our opinions on a subject in one minute. Neil and David sound off on Aleix Espargaro's outstanding result, whether Suzuki's concessions will hinder them next year, whether Jorge Lorenzo's crash was really Marc Marquez' fault, and Jorge Martin's win in Moto3. And as always, we end with our winners and losers.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
14
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 83: All Aboard The Outrage Bus

There was an awful lot for the Paddock Pass Podcast crew to talk about after the Misano round of MotoGP, most of it having very little to do with the racing itself. In the latest episode, Neil Morrison and David Emmett join Steve English to mull over the fallout of the Misano weekend.

We start off, as you might expect, with Romano Fenati. The boys talk over what Fenati did, and the repercussions he has suffered as a result. Steve, Neil, and David attempt to put the penalty in some kind of context, and ask whether he punishment fitted the crime.

After a long discussion, Steve, Neil, and David turn their attention to the actual racing. We discuss Ducati's dominance, and ask whether the Desmosedici GP18 is now indisputably the best bike on the grid. We have some words for Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow on the Honda, as well as discussing the fate of the Yamahas.

To finish off, we have a new segment, MotoGP Monologues, where Neil and David take turns to give their opinions on a subject within the space of 60 seconds. And we end as usual with our winners and losers from the weekend.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
13
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 82: Silverstone, Much Ado About Nothing

There may not have been any racing at Silverstone, but if anything, that gave us more to talk about, rather than less. In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett mull over the events that led to the non-event that was the British round of MotoGP at Silverstone.

Obviously, the big topic of discussion is exactly what went wrong. We walk through the sequence of events which led to the postponement of racing, from the resurfacing back in February to F1 in July to the rain in FP4 which saw Tito Rabat fall and be so badly injured by Franco Morbidelli's Honda, and then to the rescheduled race start and the eternal delays which eventually saw all racing called off.

We talk about whether it was the right decision to call off the race. Whether the accusations of cowardice leveled at the riders by some fans were justified. Whether it would have been possible to actually try to put on a race at some point during that fateful Sunday. And what this all means for Silverstone, and the future of the British Grand Prix.

Despite the rain dominating the headlines, there were one or two other tidbits of news to discuss from Silverstone. Neil and David talk all about the Petronas Sepang Yamaha team, which was officially launched on Friday at the track, and what it means for the future. We talk about the 2019 calendar, and the decision to drop Mexico from the proposed schedule. And we finish up as always with our winners and losers for the weekend, with a special shout out to the fans who sat patiently and bravely through hours and hours of rain, only to have the whole thing called off.

Enjoy the show, despite the lack of racing!

 

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
12
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 81: WorldSBK Interview Special

Episode 81 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and in this edition, Steve English and Jensen Beeler get together to talk a little bit more World Superbike action, before the season returns from its nearly two-month long summer break.

In the show, the boys talk about some of the big stories going on in the World Superbike Championship right now, and we chased down a number of riders to get their perspective while at the Laguna Seca round.

As a result, the show includes interviews with Tom Sykes, Alex Lowes, Eugene Laverty, Jake Gagne, and Jonathan Rea. The topics cover things like the rider silly season, the new rules for the year and how they’ve affected the race results, and how to improve “the show” in WorldSBK.

Of course the show is full of behind-the-scenes insights and analysis, which should be a welcomed resource for both seasoned World Superbike followers, and those who have missed many of the season’s races.

Enjoy the show, and a MotoGP episode discussing the debacle at Silverstone should be out soon!

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 80: The Austrian Episode, Now With Added Yamaha And Aprilia

Another weekend, another race, and another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. As they headed up the S6 motorway between Spielberg and Vienna, David Emmett and Neil Morrison stopped off at a service station for a cup of coffee and a quick spot of podcasting.

We naturally start off talking about the race, and how the Ducatis held off a hard-charging Marc Marquez for the win. We talk about Jorge Lorenzo's transformation, and just how much Marquez really wanted to win that race. We also discuss what it all means for the championship.

We then turn to two different manufacturers who didn't feature at the front of the race. We dive into the situation at Yamaha, from the strange apology issued by Yamaha M1 project leader Kouji Tsuya on Saturday night, to what Yamaha are doing to address their problems. We wonder if it will work, whether Yamaha will win a race again this season, and what it all means for 2019.

Next we discuss the meltdown at Aprilia, with Scott Redding criticizing the Italian factory extremely harshly, and Aleix Espargaro offering a much more polite, but equally withering critique of the lack of progress at the Italian factory. We ask where things are going awry, and how Aprilia can fix the situation. And we wrap the show up with our usual winners and losers section.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
11
year: 
2018

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