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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 171: Taking On Teruel - On Nakagami, Morbidelli, Suzuki, And Ducati

With the penultimate triple header in the books, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew take a look back at what could end up being a crucial Teruel round of MotoGP at the Motorland Aragon circuit. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett look at how the second round at Aragon played out.

We start off with a discussion of Honda, and where they have improved. What happened to Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez, and whether it really is all down to the new Ohlins shock. We discuss Franco Morbidelli's outstanding victory, and whether the Suzukis would have had a chance of beating him. We talk about Alex Rins' progress, and whether Joan Mir's title will be deserved if he doesn't win a race, and David coins a truly terrible acronym for Mir's title campain.

We discuss what happened to the other Yamahas, and why the 2020 Yamaha M1 wasn't as competitive as the 2019 machine. We ponder Ducati's miserable weekend, and their up and down season. We touch on KTM's excellent weekend, and the progress made between the two races. We answer a bunch of reader questions throughout, and finish up 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: 
12
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 170: A New MotoGP Leader, With Special Guest CormacGP

After yesterday's Estoril WorldSBK show, today we have a MotoGP edition of the Paddock Pass Podcast, looking back at the Aragon round. This episode we have a special guest, as MotoGP photographer Cormac Ryan Meenan joins the show, to add his unique and fascinating insights to those of Neil Morrison and David Emmett.

We start off with a discussion of how the conditions made it really hard to choose the right tires for the race, and how Fabio Quartararo ended up with the wrong tire pressure for the race. Cormac adds his insights from actually seeing riders out on track while shooting, which means he picks up much more directly on riding style, and he points to how Quartararo's riding style is sufficienty different to the other Yamahas to complicate the picture.

We go on to discuss the success of the Suzukis, how Alex Rins used a fantastic start to quickly make his way forward to the front. We talk about how the differing characters of the Suzukis, the Yamahas, and the Hondas contributed to both tire wear and to how the Suzukis could triumph. We ask whether Alex Marquez' podium in the dry at Aragon marks a definitive breakthrough for the Spaniard. And we take a look at how the championship is playing out, and how Joan Mir is handling the pressure.

We then go through a round of news items, including Cameron Beaubier's move to Moto2, and we finish up as always 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: 
11
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 169: Estoril WorldSBK Review, A Look Back At 2020, And Silly Season News

The WorldSBK championship has come to an end, with Jonathan Rea clinching his sixth title in succession at the final round in Estoril. That means it's time for the Paddock Pass Podcast WorldSBK Dynamic Duo to take a look back at the season, and how it all played out. Steve English and Gordo Ritchie have a lot to talk about.

They kick off with a review of the season, and how it played out after the Covid-19 pandemic forced a huge layoff period between the first round at Phillip Island and the rescheduled and rejiggered 2020 calendar. Who handled the changes well, how it affected a class rookie (but experienced racer) like Scott Redding, and how it threw up some strange but exciting results.

There is of course a long discussion of Jonathan Rea's title, and how it  came about. There are interviews with Jonathan Rea and his crew chief Pere Riba (both of which contain very strong language, so be aware of that when listening), who both describe how their relationship works and how they turn their teamwork into excellence.

Steve and Gordo take a look at most of the field, to see where they stand. How Garrett Gerloff did in his first year in the class. How Scott Redding fared after his switch from BSB. What is wrong with the BMW, and how strong the Yamaha really is. And they conclude with a summary of the various movements in the rider market, with Chaz Davies out of a job, Michael van der Mark going to BMW, and Andrea Locatelli moving up to the Pata Yamaha squad.

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: 
8
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 168: How A Bizarre And Thrilling Le Mans Made Next To No Difference In The Championship

The French Grand Prix at Le Mans was as weird and wonderful as you might expect, the first wet race in a long time, with a popular winner and a surprise podium. In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett try to make sense of it all, and what it means for the championship.

We kick off with a discussion of how the weather affected the race, and especially how it turned tire choice into a gamble, but one which produced a popular winner. We talk about Danilo Petrucci's victory, and Alex Marquez getting on the podium. We talk about how the rain doomed Jack Miller's race, forcing him to use an engine which had already developed a problem.

Then we take a look at the race for the championship, and how in the end, the result of Le Mans had remarkably little effect in the standings. We discuss how Andrea Dovizioso was the only rider to make gains, and how Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir, and Maverick Viñales all ended up battling for ninth position. We also explain Maverick Viñales' decision not to run launch control, but try to get off the starting line manually.

We then get into some news on the VR46 team, and Luca Marini stepping up to MotoGP in 2021, and Neil explains what happened at the start of that bizarre Moto2 race. And then as usual, we finish up 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: 
10
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 166: Steve And Gordo On A Wet And Weird Magny-Cours WorldSBK

A soaking wet weekend of WorldSBK left Steve English and Gordon Ritchie a lot to talk about on the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Steve and Gordo chat about how the weather affected the races, and what effect it had on pushing the title decision to the final round of the year at Estoril. They talk about how the additional grip of a new surface made for better racing in the wet, and perhaps made it harder for Jonathan Rea to wrap up the title in France.

The fact that Rea is on his way to a sixth straight title leads on to a discussion of what it will take to beat him, and what Ducati have to do to knock Rea off his championship perch. There is a discussion of what Ducati do with their rider line up for 2021, whether to hold on to Chaz Davies or move Michael Ruben Rinaldi up to the Aruba.it factory team. There's a long discussion of what is next for Yamaha, what Loris Baz will do at Ten Kate, and whether Garrett Gerloff will go to the factory Pata Yamaha squad.

That naturally led on to a discussion of Gerloff's season, and his mistake at the start of the first race, and whether Race Direction should have stepped in. Then they talk about the Honda CBR10000RR-R, and the crashes the bike has had.

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: 
7
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 165: Did Barcelona Reshape The 2020 MotoGP Championship Fight?

The MotoGP race in Barcelona shook the tree of the 2020 championship, allowing a couple of riders to ascend and others to tumble to the ground. That gave Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett plenty to discuss on the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

At a track notoriously tough on tires, the weather conditions played an outsized role, and we start off with a look at the decision which led to riders being caught between the soft and medium fronts. The conditions also caused a few crashes, including by Valentino Rossi, and we debate whether this could have been Rossi's last chance of a win in MotoGP.

We then go over a host of topics thrown up by the race, answering listener questions along the way. Fabio Quartararo's victory, Franco Morbidelli's lack of speed, and just how strong the Suzukis are now. We examine the mixed fortunes for Ducati, and take a deep dive into the enigma that is Maverick Viñales: winner at Misano, invisible in Barcelona. We give our theories as to why he got such a bad start, and how come he can't bounce back. And we wrap up as usual with our winners and losers from 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: 
9
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 164: Steve And Gordo Look Back At Barcelona

It has been a busy week in the world of world championship motorcycle racing, with both WorldSBK and MotoGP on last weekend. After the Misano 2 MotoGP podcast released earlier this week, there is a second helping of Paddock Pass Podcast for you, this time with Steve English and Gordon Ritchie discussing how the series' first visit to the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona played out.

They start off their look at the events of the weekend and the state of the championship with a look at what makes Jonathan Rea so good. How he fits in his team, and how Rea and his Provec squad manage to keep perhaps the oldest of the Superbikes winning week in, week out.

They then take a long look at Ducati, where Scott Redding stands, and where he is falling short, and what Ducati should do with Chaz Davies now he has found his way back to winning ways. There is a look at Yamaha, and especially at Garrett Gerloff, who scored his first podium in the series.

Then there a discussion of the Honda CBR1000RR-R, and whether it is a competive machine - despite the bad luck which seems to best HRC in almost every class they enter at the moment. And finally, Steve and Gordo discuss the controversial end to the World Supersport race, with Andy Verdoia winning his first race, while Andrea Locatelli clinches perhaps the most convincing title win in the history of the class.

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: 
6
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 163: Maverick Masters Misano 2 Mayhem

Another MotoGP race, another Paddock Pass Podcast. Freshly returned from Misano, Neil Morrison talks to David Emmett about yet another weird weekend of racing for MotoGP. We start off with Maverick Viñales remarkable turnaround, from despair on Friday to victory on Sunday, and discuss if we can draw any conclusions about Viñales' title chances from this performance.

Next up, we look at Pecco Bagnaia, and how close he came to victory, and the reason he gave for crashing out of the lead at the race. We discuss Joan Mir, whether he is now the favorite for the championship, and whether the Suzuki is the best bike on the grid. We talk the battle for the podium, how Pol Espargaro held up Fabio Quartararo, and whether Quartararo's excuse that he didn't see the track limits warning on his dashboard stands up.

Then we talk about how KTM turned around their weekend after a poor outing seven days previously. Then we answer some listener emails, and finish up with our winners and losers from the weekend.

There is more to come. Later this week, there will be another episode about the Barcelona round of WorldSBK, featuring Steve English and Gordon Ritchie. So look out for that.

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: 
8
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 162: Mulling Over Misano Madness

The San Marino Grand Prix at Misano threw the 2020 MotoGP championship yet another curveball, producing the fifth winner in six races and the fourth first-time victor in the premier class. On Tuesday, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered remotely to chew over the events of the weekend. David Emmett and Steve English talk to our man on the ground, Neil Morrison, about a wild Misano weekend.

We start off with Franco Morbidelli, of course, the Italian taking a well-deserved win, but cover so much more. We talk about the VR46 Academy, and what it means for Italian racing, and Valentino Rossi's legacy in MotoGP. We talk about Rossi's teammate, Maverick Viñales, and discuss where he went wrong in the race, and why he is so fast in practice and struggles so badly in the race.

That leads on to a debate of what happened with Fabio Quartararo, and what went wrong for the Petronas Yamaha rider at Misano. We talk about the strong race of Pecco Bagnaia and Joan Mir, and how they ended up on the podium. We take a glance at Ducati's 2021 line up, and their options.

We go through all the other talking points of the race weekend, and end up 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: 
7
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 161: Steve And Neil Talk Teruel WorldSBK At Aragon And MotoGP At Misano

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and Neil Morrison get together to take a long look back at the second WorldSBK at Aragon last weekend, and a short look ahead to MotoGP at Misano.

They start off with a discussion of what happened at the Teruel round of WorldSBK at Aragon. Steve and Neil talk about how Jonathan Rea came away with a comfortable championship lead from the second round at the Motorland Aragon circuit, building on his strength at the track. They discuss how crew chief Pere Riba told Rea to dig inside himself to find something extra, and how Rea actually managed to do that, and how important that mental strength is to race.

Neil and Steve then go on to talk about the implications for the rest of the championship. About how Scott Redding couldn't manage his tires well enough to be competitive, and whether he worries too much about the downsides of his size and weight to exploit the advantages it can also bring. They discuss why the Yamahas had a relatively mediocre weekend, how Honda fared at the track, and who might be in the frame for a ride there.

With Michael Ruben Rinaldi having an outstanding weekend, that leads on to a debate on what is happening in the WorldSBK silly season, which seats are open and who could end up going where. They talk about the options at Honda, BMW, and Ducati.

Finally, Neil and Steve finish up with a quick look ahead at the upcoming MotoGP weekend at Misano. Will Yamaha recover? Can KTM keep up the momentum? What happens for Ducati? Can Suzuki do well? Will the Moto2 class continue to serve up exciting racing? And can Albert Arenas keep control of the Moto3 class?

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: 
5
year: 
2020

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