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?
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