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.

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I especially liked the time dedicated to analyzing Alex Rins.  To have a rider with the fire to race and win at the highest levels (as Rins has) but paradoxically not seems to feel the pressure or react to the highs and lows like his peers is a curiousity indeed.  I especially liked Thomas' comment that Rins is like Jimmi Hendrix, a spectatcular talent with a cool demeanor, just replace the guitar with a GSX-RR... great addition to the podcast team!

Er, uh, and, um skip the bipolar disorder and substance abuse?
As a big fan of both Rins and Hendrix, I would for sure not make a link amongst them in any way. Rins is most grounded. Closer to a Dovi. Jimmy kissed the sky. Like a...oof, a Barry Sheene.