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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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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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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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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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 142: Retro Review - The 2015 MotoGP Season, Part 1

The Paddock Pass Podcast crew continue their look back at great seasons of the past, and this time, they come to 2015. Remembered mainly for the events at Sepang that year, it is easy to overlook what a wild and fascinating year it truly was. So much happened in 2015, in fact, that we decided to cut it into two parts.

It was the first year of the Paddock Pass Podcast, and the first year that Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett were assembled in the paddock throughout the year, and so we all have strong memories of that season. We kick off our review with a look back at the run up to the 2015 season, what happened during 2014 and testing for 2015.

Then we start to work our way through the races, starting in Qatar, where it became evident that Marc Marquez would have trouble with the Honda, and the Ducati GP15 was a real step forward. We discuss how the first part of the season played out, with Marquez' victory in Texas, the first clash between Marquez and Valentino Rossi in Argentina - and Rossi's comfortable win in Termas de Rio Hondo, when the fans started to believe that Rossi might just win that tenth title.

From there to Jerez, when Jorge Lorenzo, recovered from the issues which held him back at the start of the season, went on a tear and won four races in a row. And we finish our round up at Assen, scene of the second major skirmish between Rossi and Marquez, Rossi coming out on top again.

It was a fascinating season, and left us with a lot to talk about. It was a fun podcast to make, and includes bad language and a bad opinion at the end, when Steve vents his thoughts on the Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 141: Retro Review - Imola WSBK 2002, The Greatest Motorcycle Race Ever

The next instalment of our Paddock Pass Podcast racing history review takes a look back at what is arguably the greatest motorcycle race ever held: the 2002 World Superbike finale at Imola. That weekend, Colin Edwards and Troy Bayliss went head-to-head for the World Superbike championship, and Edwards emerged triumphant.

To discuss the special race, the crew, consisting of Steve English, Jensen Beeler, and WorldSBK guru Gordon Ritchie take a look back at the season which led up to that astonishing finale. They talk about Edwards' and Bayliss' championships the two previous seasons, Honda's building of the RC51 or SP2 to take on the Ducati, and how the much freer rules in 2002 affected the balance of power between the twins and the fours.

The podcast has some superb insight. Gordon Ritchie was present and reporting on the series for the whole season, and shares some of his memories of the time. 2003 WorldSBK champion Neil Hodgson gives his view of that championship, and of the importance of having factory-level support from a tire manufacturer in an era of open tire competition. And Edwards' crew chief at the time, Adrian Gorst, gives an inside look into how the Texan turned his season around at Laguna Seca, to come back from a 53 point deficit and win the title.

This is a very special show, for a very special season. Well worth a listen.

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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 140: Retro Review - The 2006 MotoGP Season

This week's episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is the first in a new series, in which the team take a look back at classic moments in racing history, be it races, seasons, or other events. We kick this season off with a season that holds a special place in many people's hearts: the 2006 MotoGP season.

There was a lot to get excited about in 2006: Valentino Rossi's surprise fall from utter domination, five different manufacturers getting on the podium, and some of the closest racing we have ever seen, topped off, of course, with Nicky Hayden realizing his dream of winning a Grand Prix world championship.

Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett gather round their laptops to go back over the season, talk about what happened, and why. We talk through the lead up to the 2006 season, preseason testing, whether Valentino Rossi lost focus with thoughts of a move to F1. Then we go through the highlights of the season: Ducati's rise, Hayden's consistency, the arrival of Dani Pedrosa, the bar-banging races at Mugello, Sachsenring, Estoril, and the multifaceted drama of the Portugese Grand Prix.

This was a really fun show to do, and a great season to look back at.

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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 139: Meet The Team

The COVID-19 outbreak may have put a temporary halt to racing, but it can't stop the Paddock Pass Podcast. With no racing to discuss, we take a different tack this week, as Jensen Beeler, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett talk about their background and how they got into racing.

If you ever wanted to know about the voices you hear on the podcast, now is your chance. We also talk about the nuts and bolts of how the media works in MotoGP and WorldSBK, and how the media landscape has evolved over the past ten years or so. And as nearly all of us started not long after the last global financial crisis, we give our thoughts on how we think the COVID-19 crisis will affect racing, the media, and whether now is a good time to get into motorcycle racing journalism.

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 138: The Fast Freddie Spencer Special

With racing still not happening, we have another special episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast out. This time, Neil Morrison and Steve English get together to talk about one of the great legends of Grand Prix racing, Freddie Spencer.

Steve and Neil go through Spencer's career, and the bikes he rode. They intersperse the podcast with interviews which both Steve and Neil did with the former 500cc and 250cc champion, in which he covers a huge range of subjects. Spencer talks about how he got started in the US, his career in Grand Prix racing, the history of the Honda NS500 and NSR500s, and much more.

It's a special show, in lots of ways, and worth a listen.

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 137: The Fabio Quartararo Show

There may be no racing going on for the foreseeable future, but there is still plenty to talk about. This week's episode of the Paddck Pass Podcast is a special about Fabio Quartararo. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett gather remotely to discuss the past, present, and future of the astonishing French youngster.

We take a look back at how Quartararo entered the Grand Prix paddock, and the expectations placed upon him. We talk about the challenges and pressures he faced, and how he responded to them. And we discuss how he handled his first year in the premier class.

Interspersed with our discussions, we get the opinions of experts. We have input from Diego Gubellini, Quartararo's crew chief at the Petronas Yamaha team, from Torleif Hartelman, rider coach for the Petronas team, and former 500cc racer and now official MotoGP.com pit lane reporter Simon Crafar.

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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