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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.

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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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 136: Engine Configurations In WorldSBK - Inline 4 vs V4

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something a bit special. With no racing on, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie take a different tack in this shorter episode, examining the difference between an inline four engine and V4. Gordon gives his insight, based on years in the WorldSBK paddock, and Gordo and Steve contrast the way the engines work differently in WorldSBK and MotoGP, leaning on Steve's wide experience inside MotoGP.

They also get views on this from riders and experts. Leon Haslam gives his experience switching between the two different engine configurations, as does Eugene Laverty - on an I4 BMW now, coming from a Ducati Panigale V4 last year. Ex-BSB racer, rider coach, and BT Sport's MotoGP expert Michael Laverty also gives his view, explaining what he sees from track side and how different riders - and especially Alvaro Bautista, who is on an inline-four-engined motorcycle - the Honda CBR1000RR-R - for the first time in his long career, is adapting to a different engine configuration.

A fascinating show, with a lot of technical insight from a rider's point of view. The episode was recorded after the WorldSBK test, and before the opening round of WorldSBK at Phillip Island. That means it was also recorded before all racing was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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 135: Qatar GP And Coronavirus Special - What Happens Next?

It was a weird weekend in the desert for the season opener at Qatar. No MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 taking center stage, and a seemingly endless stream of news of race postponements, cancellations, and who knows what else. On the Monday after the race, Neil Morrison and David Emmett gathered in a hotel room to discuss what happened, and where we go from here.

Before getting into the two races at Qatar, we have a long discussion about what is happening with the novel coronavirus outbreak, and its impact on racing. We talk about how the Moto2 and Moto3 race happened in Qatar, why MotoGP didn't and discuss which races might be postponed or canceled. That discussion has been slightly overtaken by events, with both Austin and Argentina pushed back to November, but the underlying debate about Dorna's options, why they want racing to happen, and the financial incentives and repercussions remains valid.

After that, we talk about the Moto2 and Moto3 races in Qatar. About Tetsuta Nagashima's victory, about the role of holding the race at night instead of the day in determining who got their tires right, about Luca Marini's late lap fall from grace, and the strength of Joe Roberts' weekend. And in Moto3, the strong race by both Albert Arenas and John McPhee, and Darryn Binder's bad luck. We finish up the show with our winners and losers, as usual.

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 134: The MotoGP Preview That Events Overtook

It's a podcast bonanza this week, with a WorldSBK podcast yesterday, and a MotoGP podcast today. In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss the events of the Qatar MotoGP test, and look ahead to the start of the MotoGP season.

Unfortunately, the recording of the podcast was overtaken by events. We recorded this before the Qatar round of MotoGP was canceled on Sunday night, and so our predictions for who might win at the Losail International Circuit have been rendered null and void. However, that doesn't invalidate our discussion of the test: Neil was on the ground in Qatar, and on top of events there.

So listen and enjoy as we run down the outcome for each factory in the test, and look ahead to the 2020 MotoGP season. The MotoGP race at Qatar may have been canceled, but we are still planning to have a 2020 MotoGP season.

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 133: A Thrilling WorldSBK Weekend At Phillip Island

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie rave about the opening weekend of WorldSBK at Phillip Island. The first round of World Superbikes served up some outstanding racing, and plenty for Steve and Gordo to chew over.

There was Toprak Razgatlioglu's win, Jonathan Rea crashing out of the first race - and Gordo and Steve ponder whether this was the first time he ever crashed out of a race of his own accord since joining Kawasaki - and then winning the Superpole race on the day after his grandmother died, then Alex Lowes winning a race on his first weekend on the Kawasaki.

We hear from Scott Redding on his debut in WorldSBK, Alex Lowes on his first race experience with the Kawasaki, and Toprak Razgatlioglu after his first win on the Yamaha. A great show after a great opening 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. 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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Emergency Subscriber Podcast: Talking Through The Ramifications Of Canceling The Qatar MotoGP Race

David Emmett talks you through the cancellation of the MotoGP race at Qatar. How did it come about, what made it inevitable, and what happens for the Qatar Grand Prix weekend. Also, what happens next for MotoGP, and how might the corona virus affect next few races. Finally, how does it affect how the series plays out, with some factories coming into Qatar with strong momentum after the test, and some still struggling.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 132: Previewing The 2020 WorldSBK Season, With Steve And Gordo

With the 2020 WorldSBK season kicking off this weekend at Phillip Island this season, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sit down in the gap between the test and the race to look ahead at how the 2020 season might play out. There is plenty to look forward to: Scott Redding moving over to WorldSBK from BSB on the Ducati, Alex Lowes switching from Yamaha to Kawasaki, Toprak Razgatlioglu making the opposite journey, from Kawasaki to Yamaha, the brand new Honda CBR1000RR-R with Alvaro Bautista on it, better support from BMW for Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty, and Michael van der Mark trying to step up to challenge the champion.

And of course, there is Jonathan Rea, currently top of the pile and about to defend his WorldSBK title again, and aiming to make it six in a row. Rea talks to Steve at the end of the show to look ahead at his season.

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 131: Previewing The Qatar MotoGP Test And The Phillip Island WorldSBK Test

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something of a crossover edition. Steve English and David Emmett get together to look ahead to the next batch of tests for the MotoGP and WorldSBK classes.

We start off with a discussion of what the last test at Sepang means for what to look out for at the Qatar MotoGP test this weekend. How will the new Michelin rear tire hold up in the colder, more abrasive conditions at Qatar? Will the cooler air show up anyone's engines as being too aggressive? How much will Marc Marquez' shoulder have improved.

Then we move on to discuss the state of the WorldSBK paddock, and what the Phillip Island test might tell us ahead of the first race. Does the fact that Phillip Island is such a unique track tell us anything about the comparative strength of the bikes? Will the Kawasaki of Jonathan Rea face a stiffer challenge this year? And how will the new Honda fare?

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 130: Surprises And Developments At The Sepang Test, With Manuel Pecino

We have a very special guest for the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Respected Spanish journalist and excellent conversationalist Manuel Pecino, who writes for a vast range of major publications and publishes his own website PecinoGP.com joined David Emmett to discuss what we learned at the Sepang MotoGP test.

There really was a lot to talk about, and in the space of 55 minutes, we take a long wander through all six of the MotoGP factories, and ponder the consequences of the new Michelin rear tire. We start off with Yamaha, and debate their fantastic week in January where they set course for the future, choosing Fabio Quartararo over Valentino Rossi for the factory team. We talked about the situation at Honda, and how Marc Marquez is leading the development with HRC. There was plenty to talk about for Ducati, and whether Andrea Dovizioso can challenge Marc Marquez again, and take a deep dive into Dovizioso's character and unique approach to racing.

Next we move to Suzuki, and the positive effect Joan Mir has had on Alex Rins, and how the new Michelin is very well suited to both the GSX-RR, and the Yamaha M1. We also discussed the strange smell the Suzuki was producing, and what could possibly be causing it. We discuss the progress made by KTM, and how important Dani Pedrosa has been to the development program of the RC16. Finally, we discuss the Aprilia, and how the brand new RS-GP really appears to be much more competitive.

It was a long, rambling, and fascinating conversation, with some unique insights from both Manuel and David.

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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