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.

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