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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 193: MotoGP 2021 Season Preview With Special Guest Simon Crafar

Another day, another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast on the run up to the 2021 MotoGP season. Today's episode previews the MotoGP class in all its glory for 2021. And the regular crew of Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett are joined by a very special guest to add his unique insight and perspective to the podcast: Grand Prix winner and now pit lane reporter for the official MotoGP.com website, Simon Crafar.

Simon starts off by talking a little bit about his career post-racing, his Motovudu track days/instruction school, and books, before diving into the 2021 season. Together with the Steve, Adam, and David, he runs through each of the six factories in MotoGP and what to expect, Simon adding his unique perspective both as a former racer and as one of the few people to have been in pit lane at the Qatar tests.

There was a lot to discuss, as you can imagine. We debate whether this is Jack Miller's year. Whether we might see a revival in Valentino Rossi's fortunes. Which Yamaha rider will come out on top (and whether that might be Franco Morbidelli on the oldest of the Yamahas). What we expect from the rich crop of rookies. Whether Aprilia really have turned a corner, and what the news that Andrea Dovizioso is to test the bike means for the Italian factory.

We ponder whether Suzuki can repeat their success of 2020, and what impact the absence of team boss Davide Brivio will make. We look at KTM, and what to expect from the factory that made such a huge leap forward in 2020. And of course we examine Honda, what Marc Marquez' return to riding a street bike means, and how soon he will return to racing in MotoGP again. Naturally, events caught up with us after we recorded this on Saturday, with the news on Monday that Marc Marquez had chosen to skip the first two races in Qatar.

It was a genuine pleasure and privilege to have Simon Crafar on the show, and he had some fascinating insights to share.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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 192: Ducati Speak - Jack Miller And Pecco Bagnaia Interviewed

As the 2021 MotoGP season approaches, the Paddock Pass Pocast crew have hit an extra gear, with a host of extra material coming out this week, including previews of all three Grand Prix classes. But to kick off race week, we have a special bonus episode which previously went out to Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters.

In the Ducati special, Steve English and David Emmett get to speak to factory Ducati Lenovo Team riders Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia. Both riders gave some fascinating insights into where they came from and how they got to where they are. Jack Miller talks about the difficulties of coming from Australia, and the things he learned from riding an inferior bike. He talks of the jump from Moto3 to MotoGP, and how he feels he is ready to fight for the championship.

Pecco Bagnaia, too, talks of tough times at Mahindra, and the struggles he had in his first two years of MotoGP. He explains what made him inconsistent in 2020, and what he has  done over the course of the off season to try to fix it, and how he hopes to reap the rewards in 2021.

The interviews give a fantastic insight into both riders, and they both speak frankly and openly about their careers.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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 191: Qatar 2 Test Round Up - Where The Factories Stand Now

With testing at Qatar done and (quite literally) dusted, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered to assess preseason testing and look ahead to the start of the 2021 MotoGP season.

Naturally, there was a lot to get through, and Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett kicked the podcast off with a discussion of why MotoGP is testing in Qatar and whether it was a good place to test a MotoGP machine. Then we talked about Marc Marquez riding at Barcelona, and whether that alters our sense of when he will return to racing.

We run through the various factories. How will Pol Espargaro get on at Honda? What are we to make of Yamaha, and their new chassis? Is Jack Miller a world champion in waiting, and what about Pecco Bagnaia? Why have we heard so little of Suzuki? Does KTM's bad test at Qatar mean they are in for a tough season? And does Aleix Espargaro's speed mean that Aprilia have arrived at last?

We finish up with a look at political, personal, and moral aspects of the decision of the Qatar Government to give vaccines to the MotoGP paddock. Is accepting it the right choice? Is it just a case of sportswashing?

For Paddock Pass Podcast patrons, there is a Patreon special in which we give our picks for the MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3 championships, and argue over why each other's choices are terrible.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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 190: Brad Binder Interview

Brad Binder at the 2021 Qatar 2 MotoGP test

Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters will have already heard the show, but now, several days later, the interview the Paddock Pass Podcast crew did with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Brad Binder. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and Adam Wheeler grill Binder on his path to MotoGP, his first touch with the KTM in MotoGP, and being in MotoGP as a South African.

As always, Binder is fascinating to listen to. He talks about how poorly he felt his performance was the first time he rode the KTM RC16, and how he adapted to end up winning his third race. He talks about his relationship with his brother Darryn, currently with the Petronas Sprinta Moto3 team, and how he sees Darryn going through the same things he did. And he talks about the huge difficulties faced by riders from outside Europe when trying to break into MotoGP, and the few advantages, when their passports can play to their advantage.

Usually, the Paddock Pass Podcast episodes are posted as Soundcloud links. But the Podcast is also starting a YouTube channel, where selected episodes will be posted from time to time. You can watch the YouTube version of the Brad Binder interview below, or on YouTube. If you prefer the plain audio version, you can listen or download it from Soundcloud.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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 189: What Went Down At The Qatar 1 MotoGP Test

With testing well underway, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered to assess the first two (or three, if you are a rookie) days of testing. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett go through the manufacturers one by one to try to understand where the the various factories stand after the first test.

There was plenty to ponder. Have Yamaha solved their problems with the 2021 bike? why has Maverick Viñales not bothered riding the new machine? How did Pol Espargaro get on on the Honda? What's up with KTM? Is Aprilia's speed real, or is Aleix Espargaro in for another season of disappointment? Why are Suzuki testing for 2022 already? And is Ducati's aero going to continue the feud inside the MSMA?

For Paddock Pass Podcast patreon supporters, we also released an extra show taking a look at the MotoGP rookies. You can find that show 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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 188: Who Is Number 1 In The Petronas Yamaha Team?

With the launch of the Petronas team spread over the first part of this week, the Paddock Pass Podcast People take a look at one of the most intriguing teams in MotoGP. With Franco Morbidelli on the 2019-spec bike which took him to second place in 2020, and the arrival of Valentino Rossi, what is in store for the satellite Yamaha squad? And how will they fare in Moto2 and Moto3?

Adam Wheeler, Steve English, and David Emmett mull over what the various team members said during the various presentations and debriefs. They talk about the likelihood of Petronas remaining a Yamaha satellite squad, and what the arrival of a VR46 team in MotoGP would mean. They discuss the frictions between Petronas and Yamaha, and whether they have been resolved. They wonder who is the number 1 rider in Petronas, and whether the notion of a number 1 rider even makes any sense.

We also hear from Franco Morbidelli and his hopes for 2021, and we discuss what to expect from Jake Dixon and Xavi Vierge in Moto2, and John McPhee and Darryn Binder in Moto3. We answer some listener questions, Adam explains how riding the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 means he can't lift his arms any more, and David denies he is about to pursue a career on Tiktok.

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 186: Remembering Fausto Gresini, And Reviewing The Honda Launches This Week

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast was recorded shortly after the sad news of Fausto Gresini's death was made public, and so the first thing Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett do is pay tribute to the former 125 world champion and team manager. We take a brief look at his history in the Grand Prix racing, and what he meant for the sport. If you would like to get a fuller picture of the man, there is also this obituary by Mat Oxley on Motor Sport Magazine.

From there, we turn our attention to the Honda launches which happened this week. The big news was of course the Repsol Honda launch, the first time the media got to speak to Marc Marquez since he was forced to withdraw from the Jerez 2 round back in July 2020. We assess what he told us, how he views injury, and whether he will be a force to reckon within 2021.

We also look at the other side of the garage, and ask how Pol Espargaro will get on in the Repsol Honda squad. We discuss the LCR Honda launches, debate the merits of the various liveries, and argue over whether Alex Marquez will finish ahead or behind Pol Espargaro in the championship standings. We ask whether Takaaki Nakagami's objective to fight for podiums and wins is realistic. And we answer some questions from Patreon supporters.

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 186: MotoGP Launch Season - What We Have Seen So Far

We are right in the middle of launch season, so the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gather to discuss what they think of the show so far. And it has been quite the show: with Covid-19 preventing the normal sponsor-focused gatherings, the launches have been very online indeed. And so far, KTM, Yamaha, and Ducati have all had very different approaches to what an online launch should be.

Some of those approaches have been more successful than others. Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, Steve English, and David Emmett all try to suppress their cynicism about the launches. And for the most part, they fail miserably. We talk about Yamaha, and their use of a backdrop apparently crafted on a PS2 to showcase the bikes, Ducati's behind-the-scenes faux documentary, and KTM's mercifully short scripted launch.

Fortunately, there were also in-depth debriefs with the media as well. We feature a couple of clips from Gigi Dall'Igna and Lin Jarvis, and talk about what the launches mean for the future. We ask whether Yamaha have solved their engine issues from last year, and whether they can be more consistent in 2021. We discuss Ducati's pivot to youth, while also asking, if this is Jack Miller's seventh MotoGP season, can he still be classed as a young rider? We  talk about KTM's talent pipeline. And we debate how the satellite teams might look in 2022, if teams start swapping manufacturers, and who might get which bikes.

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 185: MotoGP Without Marquez, WorldSBK Without Rea

2020 was a strange year in MotoGP: without Marc Marquez, the championship was suddenly wide open. This prompted a debate among the Paddock Pass Podcast crew: what will MotoGP and WorldSBK look like without the two riders who have dominated the championship over the past few seasons?

In this episode, Steve English, Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett ponder this point. Was 2020 a representative season in MotoGP? What caused so many different winners and podium sitters in MotoGP? Was Marc Marquez' crash inevitable? And will he win another championship? Will another rider emerge to dominate like Marquez has, or will there be more different winners over a season, with consistency being more important.

The crew also turn their attention to the World Superbike championship, and consider a future without the six-time champion. Will Ducati rule the roost once again with Jonathan Rea gone? Will Honda take over, with Alvaro Bautista? Will BMW or Yamaha take control?

Neil Morrison adds a little bit of historical perspective, looking at what happened in the past when dominant riders disappeared. Adam Wheeler compares MotoGP to MXGP, and how Tony Cairoli has reigned over the sport, winning sympathy when he came back from injury. The crew discuss the role of ambition and drive in how riders dominate. And we have a special guest appearance from World Superbike and British Superbike champion Neil Hodgson, who gives us his thoughts on the future of the two championships without their dominant riders.

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 184: Who Has The Most To Prove In 2021?

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast looks ahead to the challenges of 2021. Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett discuss who has the most to prove in 2021, and what they have to do to live up to expectations.

There are plenty of candidates to choose from. In the light of the news that Brno would not be hosting MotoGP or WorldSBK, the crew discuss the challenges faced by the circuits, the promoters, and by Dorna, and how they will balance their interests to still put on a season of racing. They discuss whether Jack Miller or Fabio Quartararo has the most to prove in moving to a factory team, they talk about what Yamaha, and especially Lin Jarvis, have to prove, after years of not winning a championship.

The crew also take a look at Maverick Viñales, and what to expect from him, and then debate whether expectations are heavier on the Aruba Ducati team in WorldSBK, or on lead rider Scott Redding. And no discussion of WorldSBK is complete without a look at what to expect of Jonathan Rea.

They go on to answer a few questions from Paddock Pass Podcast patrons, including which manufacturer they believe belongs in MotoGP, which team or rider doesn't belong in MotoGP (or doesn't deserve to any more), and whether motorcycle racing needs a women-only series like the W Series in car racing.

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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