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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 179: Joan Mir Interview And Season Review

The final episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast sees the year reach a fitting conclusion: with a look back and exclusive interview with the surprise 2020 MotoGP champion, Joan Mir. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and Neil Morrison examine the season Mir had, Joan Mir talks about the championship, and his manager, Paco Sanchez, explains how Mir got to be in a position to win the title.

After a few introductory thoughts, Neil Morrison talks to Paco Sanchez, who tells the story of how Joan Mir got to MotoGP, from a surprisingly modest background and against the odds. Then Neil interviews Joan Mir himself, and the 2020 champion talks about how he saw the season, how he exceeded his own expectations, the precautions he had to take because of the Covid-19 pandemic and how that created extra obstacles for him, and what he expects from Marc Marquez once the former world champion returns.

Steve, Adam, and Neil then dig into Suzuki's season and Joan Mir's championship, discussing how Mir went about winning, the state of Suzuki in 2020, and whether this is a sign of a rider on the rise or a one-off success. They also look back at what the Paddock Pass Podcast crew said prior to the season starting, and whether that still stands up at the end of the season.

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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2020

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 178: 2020 MotoGP Factory Review - KTM And Aprilia

With the holiday season almost upon us, the Paddock Pass Podcast wraps up its manufacturer review of the 2020 MotoGP season. Neil Morrison and Adam Wheeler finish up their look back at this strange year in MotoGP with an analysis of how KTM and Aprilia have fared.

They start with KTM. It has truly been a revolutionary year for the Austrian factory, the season they went from fighting for top ten positions to regularly winning races and finishing on the podium. They discuss the remarkable progress of rookie Brad Binder, the hard work done by Pol Espargaro, and the test team. They draw parallels between KTM's previous experience in the offroad sector to the MotoGP project, and talk in depth about how Dani Pedrosa and the test team helped KTM make that huge leap forward. And they evaluate all of KTM's riders, including the exceptional Miguel Oliveira and the raw talent of Iker Lecuona.

They then move to Aprilia, and ponder the Italian factory's progress through the year. They discuss the RS-GP MotoGP machine, Aleix Espargaro's performance through the year, and how Andrea Iannone's doping case cast a long shadow over their season. They talk about what it meant for Bradley Smith, who went from test rider to full-time rider without much time to prepare mentally. And they look at what it means for the future.

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 177: 2020 WorldSBK Season Review - Steve And Gordo Look Back With Fondness

After two episodes looking back at MotoGP, it's time for the WorldSBK arm of the Paddock Pass Podcast to take a long look at the year in World Superbikes. Steve English and Gordo Ritchie discuss everything that happened in what turned out to be a fascinating and wild year in the premier production series.

They start off with a look at what happened to Ducati. Scott Redding made a huge impact on arrival in the class, but his challenge waxed and waned as the year went on. Steve and Gordo examine what the strengths of the Ducati and Redding were, and where they fell short. They discuss how the season played out for Chaz Davies and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, and what it all means for 2021.

Next they turn to Kawasaki, and Jonathan Rea's sixth WorldSBK title. It wasn't as easy as it had been in previous years, but Steve and Gordo dissect the success of Rea, crew chief Pere Riba, and the Provec squad running Kawasaki's Superbike effort. They also ponder what the arrival of the new ZX-10RR means for 2021.

The Paddock Pass Podcast crew then run through the results of the other manufacturers in WorldSBK. They take a look at how Yamaha fared, and what we can expect from Toprak Razgatlioglu next year. They ponder Honda, and whether the CBR1000RR-R is a competitive enough package. They talk about BMW, and whether the M designation for the BMW M1000RR will make a difference to its competitiveness. And they wrap up with a look at how despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the WorldSBK series still managed to put on a superb show in 2020.

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 176: 2020 MotoGP Factory Review - Yamaha And Honda

The Paddock Pass Podcast review of 2020 MotoGP manufacturers continues, and in this episode, Neil Morrison and Adam Wheeler take a look at the dual enigmas that were Yamaha and Honda. 

They start with Yamaha. Did Yamaha have a good year or a bad year? Winning half the races suggests they had a good season. But the fact that Franco Morbidelli, the only rider on a 2019-spec M1, finished second in the championship, while Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo, and Valentino Rossi all faded badly in the second half of the season suggests that all was not rosy in the Japanese factory.

Adam and Neil dive in to what changed for each rider and how they performed, starting off with the first weekend at Jerez, the race where everything changed for Yamaha, and their valve issue emerged. They ask whether the 2019 bike really was better than the 2020 machine, where Franco Morbidelli's speed came from, whether Fabio Quartararo lacks mental resilience, and whether Valentino Rossi should hang up his helmet. They also examine Jorge Lorenzo's abortive year as test rider, a season where he was unable to test due to the pandemic. And they discuss what impact Cal Crutchlow will have on the development of the M1.

Then they turn their attention to Honda. Naturally, the loss of Marc Marquez is the big story for HRC, and Neil and Adam look at the bind that put Honda in. They discuss where Marquez stands in his rehabiliation, and what that will mean for development of the RC213V.

Then they take a look at each rider in turn. How Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez far exceeded expectations, and whether Nakagami fell short of what was possible. How injury blighted Cal Crutchlow's season, and may have contributed to his decision to switch to a role as test rider. And they discuss what impact the arrival of Pol Espargaro in 2021 will have on the dynamic inside Honda. Will that motivate Alex Marquez to try to win back a spot in the Repsol Honda team? Can Espargaro pick up the load in testing, which Marc Marquez is likely to miss.

Next week, Adam and Neil finish up the current series with a look at KTM and Aprilia.

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 175: 2020 MotoGP Factory Review - Suzuki And Ducati

Now that the season is over, it's time to look back at what went into making MotoGP 2020 the sensational year that it was. To do that the Paddock Pass Podcast crew, in the shape of Neil Morrison and On Track Off Road's Adam Wheeler will be breaking it down factory by factory.

In this first part, Neil and Adam discuss Suzuki and Ducati. They start with Suzuki, and how the Japanese factory won its first title in 20 years. They discuss Joan Mir, what makes him special, and how he won the 2020 championship. And they talk about Alex Rins, and the development of the Suzuki GSX-RR.

Then they go on to discuss the enigma which was Ducati. A successful season from one perspective - winning the manufacturers' title and scoring a couple of victories and a multitude of podiums, with five different riders. But also a disappointing one, with the factory never able to find a solution to the challenges raised by the 2020 Michelin rear tire. Neil and Adam also talk in some depth about Andrea Dovizioso's season, his decision to leave Ducati, and whether the strong showings by Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia mean Ducati made the right choice to elevate them to the factory team in their current bout of rejuvenation.

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 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!

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15
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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!

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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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