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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 197: The Madness That Was Qatar 2 - Desert Nights

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast was a bumper edition, with so much to discuss after three remarkable races. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett take an hour and a half to cover all of the races and much more.

Of course we talk about Jorge Martin's astonishing pole and incredible race, finishing on the podium in just his second MotoGP outing. We talk about Johann Zarco, and whether being in a satellite team can have benefits in terms of pressure. We talk about Fabio Quartararo's incredible victory, and how the Yamaha matched up against the Ducati. And we ask whether we can really draw any conclusions from spending 11 days riding in such unique and unusual conditions.

We discuss the clash between Jack Miller and Joan Mir, and get the expert opinion of BT Sport commentator and ex-MotoGP racer Michael Laverty about who was to blame, and whether a penalty should have been issued. We discuss the state of the championship, and what Marc Marquez must be thinking when he looks at the standings. And we discuss what happened to Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli, as well as the remarkable turnaround for the KTM riders.

We spend some time on Moto2 and Moto3 as well, and have words of praise for the rookies in both classes. We debate the meaning of Pedro Acosta's win as a rookie, and after starting from pit lane. And we have a long and interesting debate on the step from Red Bull Rookies and the FIM CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship and the Moto3 class at the Grand Prix level. And we finish off with our winners and losers.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 196: And We're Off! A Look Back At Qatar

MotoGP is back, and the Paddock Pass Podcast crew have a race to sink their teeth into. Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler and David Emmett gather to discuss what happened in the season opener in Qatar.

There is a lot to talk about, and we take a deep dive into how Maverick Viñales won the first race of 2020, how the Ducatis fared, what happened to the top speed of the bikes, how Joan Mir salvaged what might have been a bad weekend and more. We take a brief look at Moto2 and Moto3, and we give our winners and losers for the weekend.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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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1
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 195: Moto3 2021 Season Preview With Darryn Binder Interview

The Paddock Pass Podcast's week of 2021 preview comes to a close with a look ahead at the Moto3 class. Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett gather virtually to take a look at the most frenetic of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing classes.

Just as in the other previews, we run through our expectations for the year. We talk about the favorites in the Moto3 class, the pressure on riders like John McPhee to win the title in his last year in the class, what experienced riders like Niccolo Antonelli and Romano Fenati have to achieve, whether Darryn Binder can challenge for the title now he has moved into the Petronas Sprinta team, and what we can expect from Jaume Masia, Gabri Rodrigo, and Jeremy Alcoba.

We discuss Moto3's outstanding crop of rookies, including Pedro Acosta and Izan Guevara, and what kind of impact they will have on the class in their first year. And we talk to Darryn Binder, who talks about his high hopes for 2021, adapting to the Honda from the KTM, how hard it is to get into MotoGP coming from South Africa, and whether having a brother already in MotoGP is an advantage or disadvantage.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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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0
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 194: Moto2 2021 Season Preview With Sam Lowes Interview

The Paddock Pass Podcast Crew continue to count down to the start of the 2021 season, this time with a preview of the Moto2 class. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett are joined by MotoGP.com Moto2 & Moto3 commentator Neil Morrison to look ahead to the intermediate class.

Steve, Adam, Neil, and David debate who they expect to be favorites for the 2021 Moto2 title, who they think will will surprise in the class, and what the influx of rookies from Moto3 will add to the class. They discuss the relative merits of Sam Lowes, Jake Dixon, Remy Gardner, Aron Canet, Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio, and more. They debate whether Raul Fernandez, Tony Arbolino, or Albert Arenas will finish as fastest rookie. And they discuss the American riders Joe Roberts and Cameron Beaubier.

We take a deep dive into what it takes to win in Moto2 as well, and discuss the size of the challenge facing Beaubier, as he comes in from riding Superbikes in MotoAmerica. We discuss how the Triumph engines have changed Moto2, and how the class has evolved over the season. And we have an interview with Triumph product manager Steve Sargent about Triumph's plans for the future, and the benefits they have seen from Moto2.

Highlight of the show is the interview with Moto2 title favorite Sam Lowes. Lowes talks about his success in 2020, and what changed to make it possible. He talks about the lessons learned through his tough year in MotoGP with Aprilia, and how he views a return to the premier class. Lowes as as honest as he was insightful.

Finally, we offer our hostages to fortune by giving our predictions for both 2021 Moto2 champion and the rider we expect to be a surprise.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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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0
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 193: MotoGP 2021 Season Preview With Special Guest Simon Crafar

Another day, another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast on the run up to the 2021 MotoGP season. Today's episode previews the MotoGP class in all its glory for 2021. And the regular crew of Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett are joined by a very special guest to add his unique insight and perspective to the podcast: Grand Prix winner and now pit lane reporter for the official MotoGP.com website, Simon Crafar.

Simon starts off by talking a little bit about his career post-racing, his Motovudu track days/instruction school, and books, before diving into the 2021 season. Together with the Steve, Adam, and David, he runs through each of the six factories in MotoGP and what to expect, Simon adding his unique perspective both as a former racer and as one of the few people to have been in pit lane at the Qatar tests.

There was a lot to discuss, as you can imagine. We debate whether this is Jack Miller's year. Whether we might see a revival in Valentino Rossi's fortunes. Which Yamaha rider will come out on top (and whether that might be Franco Morbidelli on the oldest of the Yamahas). What we expect from the rich crop of rookies. Whether Aprilia really have turned a corner, and what the news that Andrea Dovizioso is to test the bike means for the Italian factory.

We ponder whether Suzuki can repeat their success of 2020, and what impact the absence of team boss Davide Brivio will make. We look at KTM, and what to expect from the factory that made such a huge leap forward in 2020. And of course we examine Honda, what Marc Marquez' return to riding a street bike means, and how soon he will return to racing in MotoGP again. Naturally, events caught up with us after we recorded this on Saturday, with the news on Monday that Marc Marquez had chosen to skip the first two races in Qatar.

It was a genuine pleasure and privilege to have Simon Crafar on the show, and he had some fascinating insights to share.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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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0
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 192: Ducati Speak - Jack Miller And Pecco Bagnaia Interviewed

As the 2021 MotoGP season approaches, the Paddock Pass Pocast crew have hit an extra gear, with a host of extra material coming out this week, including previews of all three Grand Prix classes. But to kick off race week, we have a special bonus episode which previously went out to Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters.

In the Ducati special, Steve English and David Emmett get to speak to factory Ducati Lenovo Team riders Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia. Both riders gave some fascinating insights into where they came from and how they got to where they are. Jack Miller talks about the difficulties of coming from Australia, and the things he learned from riding an inferior bike. He talks of the jump from Moto3 to MotoGP, and how he feels he is ready to fight for the championship.

Pecco Bagnaia, too, talks of tough times at Mahindra, and the struggles he had in his first two years of MotoGP. He explains what made him inconsistent in 2020, and what he has  done over the course of the off season to try to fix it, and how he hopes to reap the rewards in 2021.

The interviews give a fantastic insight into both riders, and they both speak frankly and openly about their careers.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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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0
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 191: Qatar 2 Test Round Up - Where The Factories Stand Now

With testing at Qatar done and (quite literally) dusted, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered to assess preseason testing and look ahead to the start of the 2021 MotoGP season.

Naturally, there was a lot to get through, and Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett kicked the podcast off with a discussion of why MotoGP is testing in Qatar and whether it was a good place to test a MotoGP machine. Then we talked about Marc Marquez riding at Barcelona, and whether that alters our sense of when he will return to racing.

We run through the various factories. How will Pol Espargaro get on at Honda? What are we to make of Yamaha, and their new chassis? Is Jack Miller a world champion in waiting, and what about Pecco Bagnaia? Why have we heard so little of Suzuki? Does KTM's bad test at Qatar mean they are in for a tough season? And does Aleix Espargaro's speed mean that Aprilia have arrived at last?

We finish up with a look at political, personal, and moral aspects of the decision of the Qatar Government to give vaccines to the MotoGP paddock. Is accepting it the right choice? Is it just a case of sportswashing?

For Paddock Pass Podcast patrons, there is a Patreon special in which we give our picks for the MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3 championships, and argue over why each other's choices are terrible.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 190: Brad Binder Interview

Brad Binder at the 2021 Qatar 2 MotoGP test

Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters will have already heard the show, but now, several days later, the interview the Paddock Pass Podcast crew did with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Brad Binder. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and Adam Wheeler grill Binder on his path to MotoGP, his first touch with the KTM in MotoGP, and being in MotoGP as a South African.

As always, Binder is fascinating to listen to. He talks about how poorly he felt his performance was the first time he rode the KTM RC16, and how he adapted to end up winning his third race. He talks about his relationship with his brother Darryn, currently with the Petronas Sprinta Moto3 team, and how he sees Darryn going through the same things he did. And he talks about the huge difficulties faced by riders from outside Europe when trying to break into MotoGP, and the few advantages, when their passports can play to their advantage.

Usually, the Paddock Pass Podcast episodes are posted as Soundcloud links. But the Podcast is also starting a YouTube channel, where selected episodes will be posted from time to time. You can watch the YouTube version of the Brad Binder interview below, or on YouTube. If you prefer the plain audio version, you can listen or download it from Soundcloud.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 189: What Went Down At The Qatar 1 MotoGP Test

With testing well underway, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered to assess the first two (or three, if you are a rookie) days of testing. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett go through the manufacturers one by one to try to understand where the the various factories stand after the first test.

There was plenty to ponder. Have Yamaha solved their problems with the 2021 bike? why has Maverick Viñales not bothered riding the new machine? How did Pol Espargaro get on on the Honda? What's up with KTM? Is Aprilia's speed real, or is Aleix Espargaro in for another season of disappointment? Why are Suzuki testing for 2022 already? And is Ducati's aero going to continue the feud inside the MSMA?

For Paddock Pass Podcast patreon supporters, we also released an extra show taking a look at the MotoGP rookies. You can find that show 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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 188: Who Is Number 1 In The Petronas Yamaha Team?

With the launch of the Petronas team spread over the first part of this week, the Paddock Pass Podcast People take a look at one of the most intriguing teams in MotoGP. With Franco Morbidelli on the 2019-spec bike which took him to second place in 2020, and the arrival of Valentino Rossi, what is in store for the satellite Yamaha squad? And how will they fare in Moto2 and Moto3?

Adam Wheeler, Steve English, and David Emmett mull over what the various team members said during the various presentations and debriefs. They talk about the likelihood of Petronas remaining a Yamaha satellite squad, and what the arrival of a VR46 team in MotoGP would mean. They discuss the frictions between Petronas and Yamaha, and whether they have been resolved. They wonder who is the number 1 rider in Petronas, and whether the notion of a number 1 rider even makes any sense.

We also hear from Franco Morbidelli and his hopes for 2021, and we discuss what to expect from Jake Dixon and Xavi Vierge in Moto2, and John McPhee and Darryn Binder in Moto3. We answer some listener questions, Adam explains how riding the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 means he can't lift his arms any more, and David denies he is about to pursue a career on Tiktok.

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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2021

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