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Podcast Recommendation: Rusty's Garage - Greg Rust Talks To Casey Stoner

Despite being retired now for seven seasons, Casey Stoner continues to fascinate MotoGP fans. Perhaps precisely because he did retire at the end of 2012, at the relatively tender age of 27. Stoner has never been keen on the media, but on rare occasions, grants a brief insight into what is going on in his world.

So it was a delight to discover that Stoner has spoken to Australian broadcaster and journalist Greg Rust, on his Rusty's Garage podcast. The conversation is in two parts, of around 40 minutes each. It spans the entirety of Stoner's career, from the very early beginnings in Australia, through the heights of MotoGP, to his retirement, racing in V8 Supercars, testing with Honda and Ducati, and his present life away from racing.

Both parts of the interview are well worth a listen. Stoner clearly trusts Greg Rust, and is very frank about his life and career then and now. The first part covers Stoner's early career all the way up to his time with Ducati in MotoGP. He talks about his motivation, what drove him to focus so hard on racing, and what drove him to try to succeed. Stoner talks about the sense of shame he felt when he didn't succeed, and how that forced him to try to improve. 

Stoner gives fascinating insights into the mental side of racing, of working out what works and what doesn't, and how building a base of fitness and skill through training helps carry you through the hard times and towards success. 

Stoner also talks at length about the difference between road racing and dirt track, how he made the transition, and goes through the many people who inspired and helped him through some incredibly tough times. He also discusses the sudden onset lactose intolerance in 2009, and how the way that Ducati handled that situation pushed him toward Honda. And he talks about the different bikes he rode, and how the Ducati 800 was a very difficult bike to ride.

In the second part, Stoner talks about how the commercial side of racing had pushed him toward retirement, about the many sponsor duties made racing difficulty. Perhaps the most fascinating part of the interview is when Stoner goes into deep detail of how he managed to go so fast through Turn 3 at Phillip Island, a corner which now bears his name. 

Stoner also talks about the severity of the injuries he has suffered through the years. About a shoulder injury he picked up very early in his dirt track career, which he carried through his racing, about the ankles he destroyed in the 2012 season, which prevent him from running to this day. 

Stoner discusses his rivalry with Valentino Rossi, how it started and how he saw Rossi's attempts to stoke that rivalry. He talks about what he learned from that rivalry, and how it made him stronger after 2008. He talks about his time in V8 Supercars. And he finishes up talking about the chronic fatigue he is suffering, and his pursuit of a cure.

It is a fascinating interview, and well worth a listen.

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2019
Total votes: 30

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 124: Farewell Jorge Lorenzo, Hello MotoGP Testing

After the last MotoGP test of 2019, David Emmett sat down with Israeli TV commentator and journalist Tammy Gorali to discuss what turned out to be a rather tumultuous test at Jerez.

We kick off our discussion with what turned out to be the biggest story of the test, the news that Marc Marquez was to have surgery on his right shoulder, after having dislocated it a number of times during the 2019 season. We talk about how the news came out, and Tammy works out where Marquez picked up the injury originally.

Next, we talk about the situation around Karel Abraham and the Reale Avintia team. Tammy interviewed Abraham on the Sunday before the test, and he told her how he learned he had been fired and what had happened in the run up to the team terminating his contract. We go over that situation, and what it means for Johann Zarco taking Abraham's place in that team.

Then we go over what the six MotoGP factories were testing at Jerez, what the riders said and what they want from their manufacturers. And we finish off, as ever, with our winners and losers.

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!

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2019
Total votes: 27

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 123: Farewell Jorge Lorenzo, Hello MotoGP Testing

On Wednesday morning in Valencia, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down to take a look back at a dramatic MotoGP weekend at Valencia, and to look forward to 2020 after the first day of the Valencia test. There was an awful lot to talk about in what turned out to be one of the craziest weekends in years.

The  biggest news was of course the retirement of Jorge Lorenzo. We look at how it came about, and take a look at his record in MotoGP. And we discuss where Lorenzo rates among the greats of history. Lorenzo's departure left a vacancy in the most prestigious team in the paddock, and we chew over the decision to put Alex Marquez in the Repsol Honda team alongside his brother Marc. Will this work out? And what long-term implications will this have?

With Alex Marquez in Repsol Honda, where does that leave Johann Zarco? We discuss the latest machinations to keep the Frenchman in MotoGP, and the fallout the decision to move Marquez up and keep Zarco up will have for the Marc VDS Moto2 team. Then we take a brief look at who has been testing what, and where everyone stands so far, before finishing off with our winners and losers for the Valencia 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!

Round Number: 
19
year: 
2019
Total votes: 13

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 122: The MotoGP Flyaways

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and in it, Neil Morrison and David Emmett take a look back at the MotoGP flyaways, and the fallout from those races. There was plenty to talk about as ever, and we take a deep dive into how they played out.

With strong Yamaha success, we discuss Maverick Viñales' resurgence, and his win over Marc Marquez, the only rider to beat the Repsol Honda man by more than a second, for the second time in a row. The win at Sepang came on the back of a thrilling Phillip Island race, which saw Viñales crash on the last lap behind Marquez.

But Viñales wasn't the only strong Yamaha, Fabio Quartararo had a superb pole at Sepang, but came up short in the race, and Valentino Rossi nearly got on the podium. Franco Morbidelli also had a strong few races, and Neil and David discuss what this means for Yamaha.

We also discuss how Ducati fared, and what Andrea Dovizioso's podium in Sepang meant. We look at the situation in Repsol Honda, with Marc Marquez continuing his streak of races which he either won or finished second in. We talk about Jack Miller, and ponder his prospects, especially with Pecco Bagnaia have struggled this year.

We take a look at some of the moves announced during the flyaways, what Iker Lecuona might do on the KTM in 2020, and how Brad Binder might do in the factory KTM team. That leads on to a discussion of what might happen as MotoGP Silly Season kicks off for 2021, and who might leave and who might move up from Moto2. And then we finish off with our winners and losers for the flyaways.

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!

Round Number: 
18
year: 
2019
Total votes: 8

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 121: Qatar WorldSBK - The Season Finale, And Looking To 2020

With the WorldSBK season coming to an end under the floodlights in Qatar, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sat down to look at the last weekend of World Superbikes, to look back, and to look forward.

Steve and Gordo start off with a look at Race 1 on Friday, in hotter conditions than either of them expected. Then they go on to take a longer look at the motivations of all concerned in the battle for third in the WorldSBK championship, with Alex Lowes, Toprak Razgatlioglu, and Michael van der Mark all having their own particular reason for wanting to finish third. (In the end, Lowes took it by a 14 point margin).

They then take a look at the 2019 season. How Jonathan Rea staged perhaps the greatest comeback in motorcycle racing history, and how Alvaro Bautista fell apart midway through the season. Steve and Gordo then give their top three of the 2019 season.

They also take a look ahead at what to expect from 2020. How will Garrett Gerloff fare in the WorldSBK paddock, and how easy will he find the transition from MotoAmerica? What can Alex Lowes do at Kawasaki? How will Scott Redding get on in WorldSBK, and will he provide a boost to the popularity of the series. And what will happen with Honda, with their new CBR1000RR superbike for 2020?

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!

Round Number: 
13
year: 
2019
Total votes: 9

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 120: Argentina WorldSBK - Deconstructing The Mess, And Jonathan Rea Speaks Frankly

The WorldSBK round in Argentina skirted with disaster, as the newly-resurfaced San Juan Villicum circuit caused a rider revolt, with the WorldSBK riders judging the track too dangerous to ride on. Despite that, race 1 went ahead anyway, causing much bad blood.

Steve English and Gordon Ritchie were there on the ground, and saw it all at first hand. So in this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Gordo talks us through exactly what happened in Argentina, what went wrong and why. As the only WorldSBK journalist on the ground at San Juan Villicum, he has a unique and full insight into events.

After talking about the conditions, Steve and Gordo go on to discuss the state of the championship, taking a look at what is coming up in 2020. They discuss silly season rumors, rider signings, and more.

The show wraps up with an exclusive interview with reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea. The five-time WorldSBK champion talks at length with Steve about winning the title, the 2019 season, his battle against Alvaro Bautista through the year,  what the Ducati rider and what Rea did right to win the championship.

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!

Round Number: 
12
year: 
2019
Total votes: 11

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 119: Buriram MotoGP - The Making Of A Champion

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and in it, Neil Morrison and David Emmett talk about the Buriram MotoGP round in Thailand. There was of course plenty to talk about, most of all, about what Marquez' victory and sixth MotoGP championship mean for the future of the series.

Naturally, Marquez wrapping up the title is the main subject of discussion. Neil and David discuss how he did it, just how determined Marquez was to clinch the title with a win, and whether this is as close to perfection as you can expect to see in a MotoGP season. We also take a deep dive into some of the background, including Neil and Peter McLaren's interview with Takeo Yokoyama, HRC Technical Director, on the development of the RC213V, and a reminder that Marquez had major shoulder surgery at the end of the 2018 season, and was a long way from being fit at the start of the season, a subject which Neil discusses in some depth here on On Track Off Road.

The race was also a battle between Marc Marquez and Fabio Quartararo. We debate whether this was a glimpse of the future, and what Yamaha has to do to help Quartararo and the other Yamaha riders take on and defeat Marquez. We also talk about how the other Yamaha riders fared, and wonder about Maverick Viñales not finding the pace in the early laps.

Speaking of Yamaha, we also discuss Valentino Rossi. We ask what the decision to switch crew chiefs and replace Silvano Galbusera with David Muñoz from the Sky VR46 team means for Rossi's future. Is this the last roll of the dice? And will we see Rossi back in MotoGP beyond 2020?

We also talk about Ducati, and what they need to do to defeat Marc Marquez, and finish up with our winners and losers for the 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!

Round Number: 
15
year: 
2019
Total votes: 12

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 118: Magny-Cours WorldSBK - Thrilling Races, A New Champ, And

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie give their view of events after the first race of the French round of WorldSBK at Magny-Cours. With Toprak Razagtlioglu winning his first WorldSBK race, and Jonathan Rea about to wrap up his fifth WorldSBK title in a row, they had plenty to talk about.

Naturally, they start off discussing the race, and how the loss of due to the weather impacted the race on Saturday. That prompts Gordo to launch a Cunning Plan to improve the racing, which involves dropping practice on Friday altogether. Steve and Gordo talk how Toprak took his first win, by taking Rea by surprise.

That leads nicely into a discussion of the Alvaro Bautista situation, and where the Ducati actually stands. Steve and Gordo go back and forth over who might be to blame for the situation, and just how good the Ducati Panigale V4R is, and whether its problem is that it is very difficult to set up. Bautista's situation is compared to Chaz Davies, and Gordo makes comparisons with the Panigale V twins of past eras.

And from the Bautista situation, they take a deep dive into the silly season in WorldSBK. They discuss who is going where, how the new Honda stacks up, and what Ten Kate's plans are for the future.

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!

Round Number: 
11
year: 
2019
Total votes: 10

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 117: Misano MotoGP - Dawn Of A New Era?

On Monday morning after Misano, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down at a cafe in Borgo Panigale to discuss the events of the Misano round of MotoGP. As always, there was a lot to talk about. The big story was of course Fabio Quartararo and Marc Marquez, and the rekindling of the rivalry which has enlivened the 2019 season. So naturally, we had a lot to say on that subject.

There was plenty more to talk about, including the rekindling of a much older rivalry between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi. There was the fact that Yamahas handled the extremely low grip conditions of Misano better than any of the other manufacturers, contrary to previous races. There was the Ducati riders making do with a miserable finish. And there was controvery on the last lap of the Moto2 race, and how Race Direction handled that.

We finish off as ever with our winners and losers, with a couple of surprise choices.

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!

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!

Round Number: 
13
year: 
2019
Total votes: 10

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 116: Portimao WorldSBK, Racing And Intrigue

World Superbikes returned after their long summer break, and that means that Steve English and Gordon Ritchie had time to sit down and discuss the state of play of the series at the Portuguese WorldSBK round at Portimao.

As always, there was plenty to talk about. Silly Season is in full swing in the WorldSBK series, which means everything is still up in the air and riders and riders' managers are all hard at work trying to nail down the best offer for next year. Naturally, they have a long chat about what Honda are doing for 2020, and whether Alvaro Bautista will be riding for HRC on a new bike, but they also run down the other rumors and gossip about who goes where for next year.

After the rumors, they move on to the racing, and cover what happened on track at Portimao. Fortunately, there was plenty about, with the clash between Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista in the first race, and the knock on effect that had for the remainder of the 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!

Round Number: 
10
year: 
2019
Total votes: 7

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