We are right in the middle of launch season, so the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gather to discuss what they think of the show so far. And it has been quite the show: with Covid-19 preventing the normal sponsor-focused gatherings, the launches have been very online indeed. And so far, KTM, Yamaha, and Ducati have all had very different approaches to what an online launch should be.
Some of those approaches have been more successful than others. Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, Steve English, and David Emmett all try to suppress their cynicism about the launches. And for the most part, they fail miserably. We talk about Yamaha, and their use of a backdrop apparently crafted on a PS2 to showcase the bikes, Ducati's behind-the-scenes faux documentary, and KTM's mercifully short scripted launch.
Fortunately, there were also in-depth debriefs with the media as well. We feature a couple of clips from Gigi Dall'Igna and Lin Jarvis, and talk about what the launches mean for the future. We ask whether Yamaha have solved their engine issues from last year, and whether they can be more consistent in 2021. We discuss Ducati's pivot to youth, while also asking, if this is Jack Miller's seventh MotoGP season, can he still be classed as a young rider? We talk about KTM's talent pipeline. And we debate how the satellite teams might look in 2022, if teams start swapping manufacturers, and who might get which bikes.
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