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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 174: A Roller-Coaster Season Ends At The Roller-Coaster Of Portimão

The final race of the 2020 MotoGP season is in the books, and so Steve English and David Emmett bring you another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast to look back at the season finale at Portimão and wrap it all up.

Highlight of the weekend was obviously Miguel Oliveira's win, leading from lights to flag. Steve and David ask whether it was down to local track knowledge or just getting everything right on the day. We talk about KTM's progress, with Pol Espargaro having a strong race as well.

We move on to talk about Ducati's up and down year, with Jack Miller on the podium the last two races in the row, but preseason title favorite Andrea Dovizioso struggled. We talk about the Michelin rear tire and the effect it had on Ducati's 2020 season. We then talk about Franco Morbidelli, his riding, and how the 2019 Yamaha M1 compares to the 2020 bike, as Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo, and Valentino Rossi struggled while Morbidelli triumphed.

We look at what happened to the Suzukis, fresh from wrapping up the title at Valencia, and how they ended up having such a disastrous weekend. We talk about Honda, about Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso retiring from the sport, we examine Aprilia's recruiting disaster, and we take a look at Moto2 and Moto3.

We answer reader questions along the way, on the subject of whether Michelin will be allowed to bring the new front tire for 2021, how great riders leave the sport, who the next big British rider in MotoGP will be, and on the spat between Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow about the Yamaha test rider role. And as always, we finish up the show 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: 
15
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 173: Finally, A Champion

With the penultimate round of MotoGP, we have a champion at last, Joan Mir finally wrapping up the MotoGP title. Neil Morrison and David Emmett meet over the virtual kitchen table to discuss what happened at the Valencia round of MotoGP in this latest episde of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

We start with the most obvious subject, Joan Mir finally wrapping up the 2020 MotoGP title and being crowned champion. We discuss Suzuki, the character of Joan Mir, and Suzuki's master plan working out. We compare and contrast Joan Mir's attitude and that of, for example, Jorge Lorenzo, who made an appearance in the championship press conference after the race at Valencia. And we take a look at Mir's history and back story.

Then we take a look at the race. We discuss the battle between Jack Miller and Franco Morbidelli which turned into a thrilling battle, and how Morbidelli came out on top. We also compare and contrast the fates of Miller and Morbidelli to their counterparts in the factory Ducati and Yamaha teams, and ponder what that means for 2021 and beyond for those factories.

We then turn to KTM's successful weekend at Valencia, with three bikes in the top six, and ask whether Pol Espargaro will be able to get the win with KTM that he has been chasing before leaving for Honda next year. Neil gives us a rundown of the Moto2 and Moto3 races, and predicts who will clinch the titles in those classes. 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: 
14
year: 
2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 172: Do We Have A MotoGP Champion At Last?

After a huge weekend at the Grand Prix of Europe at Valencia, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gather to discuss the events which saw Joan Mir take a big step towards the MotoGP title in 2020. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett give their view on how the weekend shook out.

We start off with a discussion of Suzuki, why the GSX-RR is so good straight out of the box, and what role their test and development team have played. We talk about what got Joan Mir to this position in the first place, and Davide Brivio's choice of Joan Mir and Alex Rins to lead Suzuki's charge. And we ask whether Joan Mir already has the championship in the bag, or whether something could go wrong.

We also take a look at the flip side of the championship coin, taking a deep dive into where everything - and it was absolutely everything - went wrong for Yamaha at Valencia. We review the valve situation and how Yamaha got that wrong. We look at the effects it had on the championship, and on Maverick Viñales needing to take an extra engine and start from pit lane as a result. We ponder what this means for Yamaha in 2021, and whether they can come back from this.

There was also a huge amount of news on Monday and Tuesday, and we go through that: the implications of Andrea Iannone's four-year ban imposed by the CAS; Andrea Dovizioso's decision to take a sabbatical, and whether that means he will end up retiring; Jorge Lorenzo's situation with Cal Crutchlow set to take a role as a Yamaha test rider; and the importance of a test team in general.

We finish up with a few listener questions, and then our round of winners and losers from this weekend. Listen in to find out how hard all three of us work not to pick the obvious choice of Joan Mir as the weekend's big winner.

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: 
13
year: 
2020

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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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