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.
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