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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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 129: Previewing The Sepang MotoGP Test

The second podcast this week comes from Neil Morrison and David Emmett, who get together to discuss what to expect from the Sepang MotoGP test. There is plenty to talk about: will the Yamaha finally make a step forward? How will Maverick Viñales, Valentino Rossi, and Fabio Quartararo react the first time the press get to give them a grilling? Will the GP20 finally turn? What to expect from Suzuki? And is the 2020 RS-GP the breakthrough Aprilia needs?

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 128: A Look At WorldSBK Testing In Portimao

It's a busy week for the Paddock Pass Podcast crew. After last week's Yamaha bonanza episode, we have two shows out this week. Here's the first show, a WorldSBK special featuring Superbike regulars Steve English and Gordo Ritchie. In this show, Steve and Gordo get together to discuss all that happened at the Portimao WorldSBK test, the last test on European soil before heading to Phillip Island.

The show also features a couple of interviews, with Chaz Davies talking about the Ducati, and Alex Lowes talking about his transition to the Kawasaki Racing Team as Jonathan Rea's teammate.

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 127: Evaluating Yamaha's Dynamite Week In MotoGP

It has been a wild week for Yamaha in MotoGP. On Tuesday, they announced that Maverick Viñales had signed a two-year contract extension to stay with the Monster Energy Yamaha squad for 2021-2022. They followed that up with announcements on Wednesday that Fabio Quartararo would be Maverick Viñales' teammate in the factory squad, and that Valentino Rossi had been given time to decide his future, and promised a factory bike, but not in the Monster Energy Yamaha factory team. And they finished the week off by announcing on Thursday that Jorge Lorenzo would be a test rider for Yamaha for the 2020 season.

That gave the Paddock Pass Podcast crew plenty to get their teeth into. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett gathered to discuss what all this means for the future of Yamaha. What does it mean for the development direction of Yamaha? Will this allow them to finally beat Marc Marquez? What will Valentino Rossi decide to do, and how does this affect his decision to continue or retire? And does this bring a VR46 MotoGP team closer to reality?

We address all these questions, and answer a number of questions raised on the topic from listeners on Twitter.

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 126: What We Are Looking Forward To In 2020

The Paddock Pass Podcast returns after a brief winter layoff for the holiday period, and we still find plenty to talk about. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett all go through what we are most looking forward to in the 2020 season.

There is a lot to look forward to. Will the new chassis for KTM or the new bike at Aprilia mean a breakthrough for the factories? What happens at Yamaha? Can they find more horsepower? And how will they handle trying to fit Maverick Viñales, Valentino Rossi, and Fabio Quartararo into the factory team? Will Rossi retire, and who else will go with him? How will Scott Redding get on in WorldSBK? And will the brand new Honda Fireblade finally be competitive?

We also take a dive into the news. We talk about the situation with Andrea Iannone, what the Aprilia rider did wrong, and what Aprilia does next. And we take a quick look at how Michelin's new rear tire might affect the racing in 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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 125: The 2019 Season In Review

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast sees Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett get together to take a look back at the 2019 season in both MotoGP and WorldSBK. We kick off the show with the three of us each running down our top five riders of the year, David and Neil looking at MotoGP, Steve giving his top five from WorldSBK.

We move on to talk about our highlights of the season. We each pick the best moment of the year, something which stuck in our minds from the 2019 season, and we also discuss what was the best event of the year, and why.

Steve decides to have a bit of fun, asking us all what our best Christmas gift was, and what our families expect us to be arrested for one day. And we finish off as usual with the winners and losers of the year.

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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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.

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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!

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