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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 112: Brno MotoGP Race - Is Marquez Making MotoGP Monotonous?

On Tuesday after the Brno round of MotoGP, and after the test on Monday, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down to record another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Marc Marquez extended his lead with a dominant performance at Brno, building on a win at Sachsenring to take an advantage of 63 points in the championship. In fact, Marquez has extended his lead after every race since taking the championship lead at Jerez.

Taking all this in consideration, we take a long look at the state of the MotoGP championship, and ask whether Marc Marquez is making the racing boring. Is there anyone who can challenge Marquez, and if not, why not? We discuss what has changed after last year's scintillating races, and how the 2019 Honda allowed Marquez to change his approach and dominate from start to finish.

After that, we have a long chat about the state Yamaha, and what needs to be done to make the M1 competitive. We take a look at testing, who was testing what, and the response of the Yamaha riders to their first taste of the 2020 M1 prototype at the Brno test.

We then take a look at the situation in Moto2, and the wild rumors which are emerging there. Neil explains Alex Marquez' amazing turnaround in the 2019 season. Could Alex Marquez really leave Marc VDS? Could he end up in MotoGP in 2021? Who will take his place in Marc VDS? And what is going on with the VR46 Riders Academy, after Dennis Foggia, Lorenzo Baldassarri, and Nicolo Bulega all leave the academy.

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, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please 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: 
10
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 111: The Suzuka 8 Hour Aftermath Show - Triumph And Farce

The Suzuka 8 Hour race turned into one of the most exciting races we have seen in any series in the past couple of decades, with three teams fighting for the lead for lap after lap for the full 8 hour duration. Or nearly the full 8 hours: the last 10 minutes of the race supplied enough drama to fill an entire bookcase.

The day after the race, as the dust was starting to settle, our man on the ground, Steve English, got on the phone to Jensen Beeler to talk through a momentous race. There was a huge amount to discuss, including those closing minutes, the confusion over the rules, and the chaos and confusion over who would eventually emerge victorious.

Steve and Jensen go over whether the right team won the race, and the relative strengths of the Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha factory teams. And of course, they give a run down of the FIM EWC championship, which was decided in those fateful last minutes, with the Suzuki SERT team one of the main players in both the drama at the end of the race in the championship battle.

This year's Suzuka 8 Hour race was one for the ages, and you will really want to listen to this deep dive into the events 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, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please 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 110: The Suzuka 8 Hour Preview

With the legendary Suzuka 8 Hour race due to start in a few hours time, there's a chance to get up to speed on the movers and shakers of the event with the Suzuka preview edition of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Steve English and Jensen Beeler sit down to discuss what to expect at the race.

The big question is whether Yamaha can continue their reign at Suzuka, Honda's home circuit. Will the title-winning trio of Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark, and Katsuyuki Nakasuga be able to retain their title again? Or will the very strong factory line ups at Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Honda finally push them off their throne? Steve and Jensen go through all the various factory line ups, and the effort which the manufacturers have put into breaking the domination of Yamaha at 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, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please 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 109: The WorldSBK Turned Upside Down At Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca saw the pendulum swing even further in Jonathan Rea's favor in the World Superbike championship. With Bautista posting three DNFs in all three races at the US circuit, Rea took a commanding, and possibly insurmountable lead in the title chase.

As always, Steve English sat down with Gordon Ritchie to discuss the events at the US round of WorldSBK. What has happened to Alvaro Bautista? How has Jonathan Rea gone from underdog to holding a commanding lead? And has Chaz Davies finally cracked the secrets of the Ducati Panigale V4R? Steve and Gordo discuss all this and more.

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, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please 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: 
9
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 108: Rea Takes Charge Of World Superbikes At Donington

The Donington Park WorldSBK round turned out to be something of a turning point. Jonathan Rea took over the lead of the championship from Alvaro Bautista, after the Aruba.it Ducati rider had seemed unbeatable in the first part of the season.

To discuss this momentous point in the championship, WorldSBK experts Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sat down on Saturday at the UK round of WorldSBK at Donington Park. They obviously spend a lot of the podcast talking about where Alvaro Bautista lost out and how Jonathan Rea managed to take over, and how they expect to see this play out in the rest of the season. 

As well as the Bautista/Rea situation, Steve and Gordo find time to run through some of the other major developments at the UK WorldSBK round. They take a look at BMW, how Tom Sykes is starting to find his feet, and how well Peter Hickman did filling in for the injured Markus Reiterberger. They take a look ahead to Laguna Seca, and how that might play out.

Finally, Steve talks at some length to Eugene Laverty, currently riding for the Go Eleven Ducati team. Laverty talks about the bike, his injury, and much more.

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, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please 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: 
8
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 107: Yamaha's Return To Glory At Assen

On Monday morning, before heading home and then on to the Sachsenring, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down with Adam Wheeler of On-Track Off-Road to talk about the Dutch TT at Assen for an episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

There was plenty of stuff to talk about. Naturally, we talked about how the Yamahas were dominant, with Maverick Viñales taking a well-deserved win. We discuss the performance of Fabio Quartararo - two poles and two podiums in two consecutive races - and how arm pump surgery affected the way the Frenchman rode the bike. We discuss the difficulty the Yamahas had getting past the Honda of Marc Marquez, and how the different bikes make their lap time in different ways.

The success of the Yamahas - Franco Morbidelli scored a fifth-place finish, making it three Yamahas in the top five - provided a stark contrast to the weekend of Valentino Rossi, who missed out on Q2 and crashed out of the race, at a track he loves. We discuss whether this was just a bad weekend, or signs of actual decline.

We go on to discuss the seeming inevitability of Marc Marquez taking the 2019 MotoGP title, and how he is achieving just that. That naturally leads into a discussion of Marquez' challengers, and why the Ducatis struggled at the Dutch circuit.

We also take a long look at the situation in KTM, contrasting the dogged determination of Pol Espargaro, who rode with a severely swollen and painful hand, with Johann Zarco, who pulled out of the race with arm pump symptoms. We wonder what the future of Zarco is, and what KTM's options are.

We finish out the episode with our winners and losers, before we all headed off to the next 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: 
8
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 105: Last-Corner Controversy At Jerez

After a controversial end to the first WorldSBK race at Jerez, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sat down to discuss the events of the Saturday. They kick off with a discussion of the clash between Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, in which Rea hit Lowes, causing the Yamaha rider to crash. They then have a long discussion of why Alvaro Bautista is so fast on the Ducati Panigale V4R, and how much of that is down to understanding how to use the Pirellis.

That naturally leads to a discussion of why Chaz Davies is struggling with the Ducati Panigale, and what Ducati are doing to help the other Ducati riders improve. Yamaha have already gone through that with the Yamaha YZF-R1, and Steve and Gordo examine how the Yamaha riders have changed their styles to succeed, as Michael van der Mark demonstrated all weekend. Then there's a discussion of where Kawasaki stands at the moment, as well as how much improvement BMW have made, and how they are struggling with the engine limits, an issue which can affect the Ten Kate Yamaha squad, as they have made their names as engine tuners.

There's a debate over the process by which Rea's penalty was imposed, and then Steve interviews SMR BMW rider Tom Sykes.

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: 
6
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 104: Mugello Serves Up A Treat

The Italian Grand Prix at Mugello turned into a real thriller, which came down to the last lap. That gave the Paddock Pass Podcast crew plenty to chew over. Sitting in the Tuscan sunshine, Neil Morrison and David Emmett were joined by top French journalist, Moto Journal's Thomas Baujard to discuss the race and its implications.

We kick off with a discussion of Danilo Petrucci's stunning win, beating Marc Marquez and factory Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso to the line. We examine how Petrucci pulled it off, and what effect it will have both on Petrucci's future, and on the dynamic in the team. We ponder Honda's situation, with Marc Marquez clearly capable of pulling off superb results on the 2019 Honda RC213V which others are struggling to match, and we talk about Jorge Lorenzo's trip to Japan, to speak directly with the HRC engineers about finding a riding position which suits him.

We naturally discuss the Suzuki, and how Alex Rins is able to do just about anything he likes with the Suzuki GSX-RR, except out-accelerate a Ducati or Honda, perhaps. We also talk about the hole which Yamaha find themselves in, and what they need to dig themselves out of it.

Finally, we wrap up as always with our winners and losers of the Italian Grand Prix.

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: 
6
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 103: Le Mans Review - How To Stop Marquez

In the second Paddock Pass Podcast in two days, this episode comes to you from a cafe inside the railway station at Le Mans, where Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down to discuss the French Grand Prix while they waited for their train to Paris and home. There was plenty to talk about.

The big topic of discussion was of course Marc Marquez, and a seemingly dominant third victory from five races at a track he hasn't usually gone well at. Neil and David talk about how Marquez won, how he has adapted his riding style to the 2019 Honda RC213V, and how he has used that to his advantage. But his new riding style is also a chink in his armor, and we talk about how his rivals might try to beat him in future races.

We also discuss Ducati, how the fact that the Italian factory took second through fourth place means they had a good weekend, but the fact they couldn't beat Marc Marquez also meant they had a worse weekend. We explain why Jack Miller dropped behind Andrea Dovizioso, and ask whether Danilo Petrucci's podium was enough for him to lay claim to the factory Ducati seat in 2020.

We go on to talk about Yamaha, about how Valentino Rossi got everything he could out of the factory Yamaha M1, but how that was only good enough for fifth place. We discuss what Yamaha needs to be able to match the Honda and the Ducati, and whether they can get it before the end of the year.

We also discuss KTM, and Pol Espargaro's excellent sixth place finish, less than six seconds behind Marc Marquez. We debate whether the carbon fiber swingarm was a revolution in the KTM's performance, and what it means going forward. And finally, we give our winners and losers from the French Grand Prix.

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: 
5
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 102: Rea Strikes Back At Imola WorldSBK

With Jonathan Rea finally beating Alvaro Bautista in the WorldSBK race at Imola, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie had plenty to talk about in episode 102 of the Paddock Pass Podcast. First of all, they dive into the question of why it was that Rea managed to outclass Bautista at Imola, and whether it was the track or the conditions or Bautista's lack of familiarity with the track.

They discuss Chaz Davies' adaptation to the Ducati Panigale V4R, and what the difference was at Imola compared to earlier races. As they recorded the podcast on Sunday morning before the race was canceled, they discuss how difficult Imola is as a circuit, and how tricky it can be in the wet. They touch on Tommy Bridewell filling in for the sadly injured Eugene Laverty, which leads into a further discussion of the V4R, and even presage today's announcement by the FIM that the Endurance World Championship will allow the bike to be raced in the championship, opening up the possibility of racing at the Suzuka 8 Hour race.

They talk about Kawasaki and Yamaha, and the battle between Leon Haslam, Michael van der Mark, and Toprak Razgatlioglu. They then go on to talk about the situation at Kawasaki, and where the ZX-10RR stands at the moment. There's a discussion of who will be alongside Jonathan Rea next year, and an examination of just how strong Rea was at Imola. And they finish up with an interview with Kawasaki rider Leon Haslam.

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: 
5
year: 
2019

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