The first round of MotoGP at the Red Bull Ring, the Austrian Grand Prix, was so wild from start to finish that we had to get a show out early. On Monday, Steve English, Neil Morrison and David Emmett got together virtually to discuss the events of the Austrian weekend for the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.
There was an awful lot to talk about: the incident with Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli generated a massive amount of controversy, about whose fault it was, and how dangerous the track is. We sift through the details and try to make sense of it, discuss what the fallout might be, and whether the crash might have cost Franco Morbidelli yet another engine.
Much, much more happened besides, once the racing started, and we walk through most of the details, answering listener questions along the way. There was Andrea Dovizioso's stunning win following his equally stunning announcement that he will be leaving Ducati at the end of the season. We ponder what happens next, where he might end up, and what it means for Ducati. We talk about how the crash and restarted race affected the tires available for the MotoGP riders. We discuss Joan Mir's podium, what could have been for Pol Espargaro, Alex Rins' crash, the state of KTM, Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, why Maverick Viñales seems in deep trouble, and more.
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