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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 155: Ups And Downs In Andalusia

With the second MotoGP race of the 2020 season in the books, the Neil Morrison and David Emmett spend this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast looking back at the Gran Premio de Andalucia, and the events which surrounded it. We kick off, unsurprisingly, with Marc Marquez' abortive return from injury, how he did it and how he ended up not racing.

Next, we turn to Yamaha, the other massive story from the weekend. Fabio Quartararo grabbed his second win in a row, and did so convincingly. Valentino Rossi also made a return to the podium, a massive turnaround in his fortunes. And though Maverick Viñales finished second for the second race in a row, we couldn't help but feel that there was something lacking in his performance.

It was not all good news for Yamaha of course, with Franco Morbidelli suffering an engine failure in the race, making it three technical issues for Yamaha in two races. A cause for concern with Brno and Austria coming up.

We then examine how the other factories did. Should Andrea Dovizioso be disappointed to finish sixth, or satisfied that he was once again first Ducati. What happened to Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia. We look at Suzuki's tough weekend, Aprilia's continuing issues, and the large number of DNFs in this second race. We discuss the KTM situation, what looks like a competitive bike missing out on the results it should be capable of. And we touch on Takaaki Nakagami's best ever MotoGP result, and the solid progress made by Alex Marquez.

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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3
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 154: The Drama At Jerez

Finally, there is real racing to talk about on the Paddock Pass Podcast, and so Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett debate everything that happened at the reopening round of MotoGP at Jerez. There is of course the big news of Marc Marquez' injury, the reigning champion breaking his arm. We talk about how it happened, and what it means for the championship.

Then we take a look at all the talking points from the weekend. What does Fabio Quartararo's first win mean for MotoGP? Did Maverick Viñales make the right tire choice? Can Valentino Rossi fix his problems with the rear tire?

We discuss the strength of the Ducatis, whether this is Andrea Dovizioso's best chance to win a MotoGP title, and whether Jack Miller will take points off Dovizioso by winning a race or two. We look at Suzuki's and Aprilia's dismal weekends, and how they happened. And we take a special look at KTM, Pol Espargaro's excellent result, Brad Binder's podiumworthy pace, and whether the KTM is now ready to be a regular podium contender.

We also find time to answer a few listener questions, and look ahead to the next race at Jerez this Sunday.

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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1
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 153: Back At Last!

With the MotoGP paddock assembled once again at Jerez, racing is on the verge of starting again. On Wednesday evening, after the test at Jerez had concluded for all four classes racing this weekend, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew got together to discuss what happened at the test, and what to expect from the resumption of racing. Steve English and Neil Morrison are down in Jerez on commentary duties for the WorldSBK and Moto2 and Moto3 classes respectively, while David Emmett looked on remotely and lived through the entire Zoom remote debrief experience.

We start off with a look at the test, and ask what can be learned from the two sessions of 90 minutes that the MotoGP riders had on the Jerez circuit. We talk about the conditions at Jerez, and how the intense heat will affect the race, with track temperatures likely to be 20°C higher than during a race in May. We ask whether the Yamaha can really be as strong as it looks on paper at Jerez, and how they will fare against Marc Marquez.

We discuss the impact that Michelin's new tire will have on the series, and whether Honda and Ducati are really at a disadvantage. We  go over Ducati's curious history at the Jerez circuit, and what impact that will have on the long run of such a compact championship. And we finish off with a look at the confirmations which came this week, of Pol Espargaro going to the Repsol Honda team, of Alex Marquez being moved to the LCR Honda squad, and Cal Crutchlow being dropped by HRC.

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: 
1
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 152: Even More MotoGP Silly Season Madness

Silly Season in MotoGP just seems to be getting wilder. In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and Steve English get together to discuss the newest round of rumors on who goes where, in both MotoGP and WorldSBK.

Steve and Neil first take a deep dive into the growing rumors that Cal Crutchlow could join Aprilia for 2021. They discuss the situation at Honda, why Crutchlow would leave LCR rather than Takaaki Nakagami, why Crutchlow would consider taking the ride at Aprilia, and what to expect at Aprilia.

They then go on to take another look at the Andrea Dovizioso situation, and Simone Battistella, his manager's, suggestion that the Ducati rider could take a sabbatical in 2021, rather than the pay cut on offer from Ducati. And that leads on to a discussion of the rumors swirling around Jorge Lorenzo, and whether he really is a realistic option for the factory Ducati seat next year.

Steve and Neil then wrap up the show with a discussion of the WorldSBK test currently being held at Barcelona, and what the times there mean for the series once racing returns at Jerez on August 2nd.

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 151: More MotoGP Silly Season Madness

As racing draws near, the rider market is starting to pick up, with KTM announcing their entire rider line up, and Michael van der Mark moving from Yamaha to BMW in WorldSBK. So the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast sees Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett debate exactly what has been going on, and how.

First of all, we take a deep dive into the situation at KTM. Was Petrucci the right choice, and how will he feel about taking a seat in a satellite team. We look at the alternatives, and how KTM's system is producing homegrown talent. Then we examine the Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi situations. Why haven't they signed yet, and when can we expect an announcement?

Finally, we take a look at the Van der Mark signing. Why would the Dutchman want to leave Yamaha, and what impact will this have on BMW? And who gets to take the seat vacated by Van der Mark?

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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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 150: The Top Five Grand Prix Riders Of All Time

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is sure to generate debate. In episode 150, Steve English and David Emmett debate who are the best five Grand Prix riders ever to swing a leg over a racing motorcycle. Steve and David are unanimous on their choice for number one, but from there, it's all disagreement.

Out of that disagreement, however, comes an interesting discussion of exactly how we should think about talent, and how it should be evaluated. That throws up questions of comparing riders against their teammates, the development direction a rider wants to take the motorcycle in, and how difficult comparisons are when you can only judge riders against the people they raced against, a factor those riders have no control over.

Some of the subjects Steve and David cover include whether Giacomo Agostini's victories against sparse competition really count, why you would choose Eddie Lawson over Wayne Rainey, or vice versa, whether a rider with a relatively short career like Casey Stoner should be considered top five or top ten, whether the unquestionable significance of Valentino Rossi - singlehandedly responsible for raising the profile of the sport to unprecedented levels - makes him the greatest of all time or not, whether we should use the phrase "greatest of all time" or "best of all time", and whether there's a difference, and whether sheer numbers count more than being able to win on a difficult and potentially uncompetitive machine.

The debate was triggered by issue number 200 of the On Track Off Road magazine, in which Paddock Pass Regular Neil Morrison gives his top five Grand Prix riders. You can find that article, and much, much more in OTOR #200 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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2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 149: Peter Bom On All You Ever Wanted To Know About Data Recording And Motorcycle Racing

This week's episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something rather special. David Emmett talks to Peter Bom, former crew chief and data recording engineer in Moto2, Moto3, and WorldSBK, and analyst and commentator for Dutch Eurosport. Recorded in the paddock at a newly-reopened Assen circuit (opened following special COVID-19 protocols), and therefore subject to a bit of background noise.

The podcast is an absolute treasure trove of information on the role of data in motorcycle racing. From how things have changed when Bom first started to work for the Ten Kate team through to today, from going to a couple of channels recorded to hundreds of channels recording every possible thing that can be measured.

Peter Bom talks about how he got into working with data, how he manipulates data to look for the information which can help him improve the bike, and about talking to riders and interpreting their input. Bom has worked with some big names, including Cal Crutchlow, Chris Vermeulen, and Stefan Bradl, and he discusses how good their feedback was.

He also explains to me why building your own data recording set from cheap sensors and a Raspberry Pi is not the same as using a proper 2D sensor kit. And he gives advice on how to get into racing for anyone who fancies themselves as the next great data engineer in 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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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 148: MotoGP Silly Season Kicks Off In Earnest

Two weeks after the Paddock Pass Podcast crew dipped their toes into the rider market in MotoGP and WorldSBK, they are back to discuss MotoGP Silly Season, after the bombshell news that Pol Espargaro is heading to Repsol Honda from KTM.

In this episode, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett gather round a virtual table to discuss the implications of Espargaro's move. What does it mean for Honda? What happens to Alex Marquez? Why Pol Espargaro? And what happens at LCR?

The move has ramifications elsewhere as well. Who could take Espargaro's place in the factory KTM team? What will Andrea Dovizioso do? What about the riders in Moto2? Who could move up? And of course, when can we expect more moves for the 2021 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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year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 147: Listener Questions Answered

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett take on some of the questions sent in by listeners, some serious, some slightly less so. Some of the subjects covered include whether it will be time or another rider which gets the better of Marc Marquez in MotoGP; whether race fuel gives you more horsepower than ordinary fuel; whether a shortened season will still count as a full championship; why the three Grand Prix classes practice in a different order to the order they race in; whether Marc Marquez would be willing to stand aside to give his brother Alex his first win; and what the prettiest bike is in the MotoGP and WorldSBK paddocks.

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 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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year: 
2020

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