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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 152: Even More MotoGP Silly Season Madness

Silly Season in MotoGP just seems to be getting wilder. In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and Steve English get together to discuss the newest round of rumors on who goes where, in both MotoGP and WorldSBK.

Steve and Neil first take a deep dive into the growing rumors that Cal Crutchlow could join Aprilia for 2021. They discuss the situation at Honda, why Crutchlow would leave LCR rather than Takaaki Nakagami, why Crutchlow would consider taking the ride at Aprilia, and what to expect at Aprilia.

They then go on to take another look at the Andrea Dovizioso situation, and Simone Battistella, his manager's, suggestion that the Ducati rider could take a sabbatical in 2021, rather than the pay cut on offer from Ducati. And that leads on to a discussion of the rumors swirling around Jorge Lorenzo, and whether he really is a realistic option for the factory Ducati seat next year.

Steve and Neil then wrap up the show with a discussion of the WorldSBK test currently being held at Barcelona, and what the times there mean for the series once racing returns at Jerez on August 2nd.

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!

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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 151: More MotoGP Silly Season Madness

As racing draws near, the rider market is starting to pick up, with KTM announcing their entire rider line up, and Michael van der Mark moving from Yamaha to BMW in WorldSBK. So the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast sees Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett debate exactly what has been going on, and how.

First of all, we take a deep dive into the situation at KTM. Was Petrucci the right choice, and how will he feel about taking a seat in a satellite team. We look at the alternatives, and how KTM's system is producing homegrown talent. Then we examine the Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi situations. Why haven't they signed yet, and when can we expect an announcement?

Finally, we take a look at the Van der Mark signing. Why would the Dutchman want to leave Yamaha, and what impact will this have on BMW? And who gets to take the seat vacated by 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, 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!

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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 150: The Top Five Grand Prix Riders Of All Time

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is sure to generate debate. In episode 150, Steve English and David Emmett debate who are the best five Grand Prix riders ever to swing a leg over a racing motorcycle. Steve and David are unanimous on their choice for number one, but from there, it's all disagreement.

Out of that disagreement, however, comes an interesting discussion of exactly how we should think about talent, and how it should be evaluated. That throws up questions of comparing riders against their teammates, the development direction a rider wants to take the motorcycle in, and how difficult comparisons are when you can only judge riders against the people they raced against, a factor those riders have no control over.

Some of the subjects Steve and David cover include whether Giacomo Agostini's victories against sparse competition really count, why you would choose Eddie Lawson over Wayne Rainey, or vice versa, whether a rider with a relatively short career like Casey Stoner should be considered top five or top ten, whether the unquestionable significance of Valentino Rossi - singlehandedly responsible for raising the profile of the sport to unprecedented levels - makes him the greatest of all time or not, whether we should use the phrase "greatest of all time" or "best of all time", and whether there's a difference, and whether sheer numbers count more than being able to win on a difficult and potentially uncompetitive machine.

The debate was triggered by issue number 200 of the On Track Off Road magazine, in which Paddock Pass Regular Neil Morrison gives his top five Grand Prix riders. You can find that article, and much, much more in OTOR #200 here.

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!

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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 149: Peter Bom On All You Ever Wanted To Know About Data Recording And Motorcycle Racing

This week's episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something rather special. David Emmett talks to Peter Bom, former crew chief and data recording engineer in Moto2, Moto3, and WorldSBK, and analyst and commentator for Dutch Eurosport. Recorded in the paddock at a newly-reopened Assen circuit (opened following special COVID-19 protocols), and therefore subject to a bit of background noise.

The podcast is an absolute treasure trove of information on the role of data in motorcycle racing. From how things have changed when Bom first started to work for the Ten Kate team through to today, from going to a couple of channels recorded to hundreds of channels recording every possible thing that can be measured.

Peter Bom talks about how he got into working with data, how he manipulates data to look for the information which can help him improve the bike, and about talking to riders and interpreting their input. Bom has worked with some big names, including Cal Crutchlow, Chris Vermeulen, and Stefan Bradl, and he discusses how good their feedback was.

He also explains to me why building your own data recording set from cheap sensors and a Raspberry Pi is not the same as using a proper 2D sensor kit. And he gives advice on how to get into racing for anyone who fancies themselves as the next great data engineer 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, 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!

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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 148: MotoGP Silly Season Kicks Off In Earnest

Two weeks after the Paddock Pass Podcast crew dipped their toes into the rider market in MotoGP and WorldSBK, they are back to discuss MotoGP Silly Season, after the bombshell news that Pol Espargaro is heading to Repsol Honda from KTM.

In this episode, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett gather round a virtual table to discuss the implications of Espargaro's move. What does it mean for Honda? What happens to Alex Marquez? Why Pol Espargaro? And what happens at LCR?

The move has ramifications elsewhere as well. Who could take Espargaro's place in the factory KTM team? What will Andrea Dovizioso do? What about the riders in Moto2? Who could move up? And of course, when can we expect more moves for the 2021 MotoGP season.

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!

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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 147: Listener Questions Answered

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett take on some of the questions sent in by listeners, some serious, some slightly less so. Some of the subjects covered include whether it will be time or another rider which gets the better of Marc Marquez in MotoGP; whether race fuel gives you more horsepower than ordinary fuel; whether a shortened season will still count as a full championship; why the three Grand Prix classes practice in a different order to the order they race in; whether Marc Marquez would be willing to stand aside to give his brother Alex his first win; and what the prettiest bike is in the MotoGP and WorldSBK paddocks.

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!

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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 146: A Deep Dive Into The MotoGP And WorldSBK Silly Season

With the news that Jack Miller has signed with Ducati, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered together to discuss how the rider markets for both MotoGP and WorldSBK are playing out in the time of COVID-19. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett go over the options, and what Miller's signing might mean for the rest of the grid.

We start off with a look at the background to Miller's signing, and how it has been on the cards for some time. We take a look at what this means for Danilo Petrucci, and how it affects Ducati. Should Petrucci stay in MotoGP, perhaps with Aprilia, or should he head to WorldSBK? Naturally, this leads on to a discussion of what happens to Andrea Dovizioso.

We then go through the other factories, looking at their options, and ask who stays, and where the teams will look for talent. We talk about the difficulties facing team managers when gambling on untested riders in Moto2, and who might get the call.

We finish off with a discussion of the situation in WorldSBK, discuss whether Scott Redding stays in WorldSBK or moves back to MotoGP, what happens to Chaz Davies, and who might make the jump from WorldSBK to 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, 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!

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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 145: Crew Chiefs, Riders, And How They Work Together

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the role of the crew chief, what their job is, and what role the rider plays in managing the bike. In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and David Emmett discuss the many things they have learned about the role from talking to crew chiefs about their role.

It is a long and rambling discussion, with Steve and David drawing on their long years in the paddock, both in MotoGP and in WorldSBK, and using two articles as a basis for discussion. Steve's piece on the Ten Kate WorldSBK team, featuring interviews with Loris Baz and his crew chief Mick Shanley, and the article Peter Bom wrote on MotoMatters.com about the role of chassis setup software, and how it has eased the workload of engineers.

Steve and David discuss the work that goes on in the run up to a race weekend, to prepare for a race. They talk about how riders and teams use time in free practice to find the right setup for the race, and compare the different approaches between the MotoGP and WorldSBK paddocks. They discuss what teams do differently during practice and the race, and what happens after the race.

They talk about much more besides this. A discussion of the importance of teamwork, and how each member of the team has to rely on the others, and how even when top teams put together some of the best mechanics and engineers, it doesn't necessarily work out. They talk about the trust that is required between rider and team, and what happens when mechanical failures break that trust. They compare the different types of crew chief, from ex-riders to people managers to former suspension technicians. And they base much of their conversation on concrete examples in the paddock. For example, comparing and contrasting Jonathan Rea working with Pere Riba, with Marc Marquez' relationship with Santi Hernandez and the rest of his crew.

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!

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2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 144: Coronavirus Update And Restarting MotoGP At Jerez

This week's episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, we take a break from our looks back at seasons past to get back up to date with recent developments. Since Dorna announced that MotoGP is to resume at Jerez on July 19th, with two back-to-back races at the circuit, followed by a WorldSBK round at the track, Neil Morrison, Jensen Beeler, and David Emmett got together to discuss where things stand right now, and what might lie ahead.

We first run through the various measures in the countries we live in - Spain, the US, and The Netherlands - and compare and contrast the different approaches taken by the various governments. We talk about the measures being put in place in different countries, the pace at which restrictions are being lifted, and what that means for racing and training.

We then move on to discuss Dorna's plans to race in Jerez, and the impact it might have on the calendar ahead. We talk about the obstacles faced when trying to organize an event of the scale of a MotoGP race, and how that compares to other sports, as they are resuming around the world. And we talk about the prospect of races without fans, and whether fans would even be willing to attend a MotoGP race, if it were open to the public.

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!

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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 143: Retro Review - The 2015 MotoGP Season, Part 2

In the second part of our look back at the historic 2015 MotoGP season, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett review the dramatic events of the second half of that year. The period from the German GP at the Sachsenring through to Phillip Island saw some of the most eventful and thrilling races MotoGP has ever seen.

We start off discussing how the momentum of the season swayed back and forth between Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, with Lorenzo drawing level on points after the race in Brno, before Rossi took back the lead with an outstanding win in the wet at Silverstone.

We then dive into the bizarre and dramatic dry-wet-dry race at Misano, which saw surprise podiums for Bradley Smith and Scott Redding, and Jorge Lorenzo make a mistake which could have cost him the championship. We discuss how Lorenzo withstood the pressure to bounce back and dominate at Aragon, before heading to the flyaways.

Then we get into the events which would lead to the infamous clash between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez at Sepang. We look at Motegi, and how much that took out of Valentino Rossi. We discuss Marc Marquez' outstanding victory at Phillip Island, in what would become one of the greatest MotoGP races of all time. Then we discuss the events of Sepang and Valencia, which cast a pall over the 2015 MotoGP season.

We revisit our opinions of who was to blame at Sepang, and how the race in Valencia played out. And we finish up taking a look at the legacy of the 2015 season, and what it meant for the futures of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, and for the profile of MotoGP as a whole.

if you missed the first part of our 2015 season review, you can go back and listen to it again here.

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!

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