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.
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