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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 95: Steve And Gordo Talk WorldSBK In Thailand

With the latest round of WorldSBK behind us, it's time for another review of the Superbike series with WorldSBK commentator Steve English and the world's leading superbike guru Gordon Ritchie.

Steve and Gordo sat down on Sunday morning before the sprint race in Thailand to discuss the events of Saturday, and look ahead to the races on Sunday. It was, as ever, an enlightening conversation, covering a vast range of subjects around the WorldSBK paddock.

Steve and Gordo kick off with some insight into the events of race 1, and how Alvaro Bautista dominated Jonathan Rea. They talk about how the first two rounds of WorldSBK can be deceptive, because of the unusual nature and circumstances of the Phillip Island and Buriram circuits, and ponder what happens once the circus returns to Europe. And consequently, whether Alvaro Bautista can continue his domination of the series, at Aragon and Assen.

The boys then turn their attention to Chaz Davies, and why he is struggling while his teammate is ripping up the series on the Ducati Panigale V4R. They talk about the BMW, and the difficulties of getting a brand new bike up to speed thousands of miles from the office. They discuss the Yamahas, and how well the four YZF-R1Ms are doing this year. And they debate whether the arrival of Alvaro Bautista is forcing the other teams and riders to up their games again, as was the case in the past when MotoGP riders moved to the WorldSBK series.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
2
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 94: The Controversy At Qatar

In latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett get together to discuss the opening MotoGP round at Qatar, and the controversy which engulfed the race, despite it being a thoroughly thrilling episode.

We naturally have to kick off with the dispute which erupted after the race over Ducati's aerodynamic parts. We take a deep dive into how the controversy developed, tracing it back from the first complaints, through the Qatar test, and on to the Qatar race. We discuss what the rules say, whether Ducati's parts are legal or not, and where the appeal submitted by four rival factories goes from here.

We have plenty to talk about in the race as well. We discuss how the race unfolded, and what it tells us about where the different factories stand. We look at Ducati (leaving aside the aero question for now), how much stronger the Honda is this year, how Cal Crutchlow came back from a potentially career-ending injury, and the incredible progress the Suzuki has made in 2019.

We also ask whether Alex Rins can be a title contender this season, and how much of an impact Joan Mir made as rookie. Naturally, we spend a fair amount of time debating whether Yamaha have made any progress at all over the winter, and whether Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales will be competitive this season. And finally, we finish off with our winners and losers of the race.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
1
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 92: Reviewing The Sepang MotoGP Test - Winners And Losers

It's been a busy week at Chateau Paddock Pass Podcast, with two shows in a week. After previewing the 2019 WorldSBK season, Neil Morrison traveled to Jerez to cover the Moto2 test at the track, where he joined David Emmett to talk about the MotoGP test at Sepang.

There was plenty to talk about, as the Sepang test had a raft of fascinating narratives. Neil and David go through each factory, and evaluate what they were testing and how it turned out. We discuss how much effect the fact that Honda had to test with the walking wounded had, and whether the Honda RC213V is more competitive than the timesheet shows.

We talk about Suzuki, and just how far Alex Rins might be expected to go, and how Suzuki managed to claw their way back from a disastrous year in 2017. We ask whether Yamaha really are on the right path this time, and whether the change in spirit in Yamaha can turn their fortunes around after a tough 2018.

We have plenty to discuss about Ducati, of course - apart from the astonishing pace set by Pecco Bagnaia. Ducati came with a host of gadgets and upgrades, and we debate what they might be, or whether they are just visual trickery by Gigi Dall'Igna to pull the wool over the eyes at the test.

Finally, we look at KTM, how Johann Zarco's arrival affected the Austrian factory, and how they will find a balance between Zarco and Pol Espargaro. We also spare a few words for Miguel Oliveira, who impressed at this test.

Enjoy the show!

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
0
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 91: How Will The 2019 WorldSBK Season Play Out?

What can we expect from the 2019 WorldSBK season? In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and Neil Morrison review WorldSBK testing and go factory by factory to discuss how they expect each one to fare.

There's plenty of talk about Ducati's new V4R, of course, but first they have to beat Jonathan Rea. Can Leon Haslam keep up with his Kawasaki teammate? Can Tom Sykes reinvent himself at BMW? Will Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark be able to keep up the progress they made in 2018? And how will the arrival of Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese affect Yamaha's chances?

Then there's the arrival of HRC, with Honda switching to the Althea team backed by Moriwaki. Could they make a step forward with the CBR1000RR at last, or will we have to wait for a new bike next year?

Neil and Steve go through all of this and more. Enjoy the show!

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
0
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 90: Looking Back To 2018, Looking Forward To 2019

As the off season is a time for thinking over what has been and what is to come, and so Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett get together to look back at 2018 and forward to 2019. Steve, Neil, and David all pick one thing which struck them about 2018, and what they are most looking forward to in 2019.

So listen to the boys discuss the travails of Yamaha in 2018, whether it is better to have a clear number one rider or two equal riders, Lorenzo's resurgence in the middle of 2018, the difficulty of winning consistency in WorldSBK. Then listen to them talk about what they are looking forward to in 2019, including how Jorge Lorenzo will fare on the Honda RC213V, whether Alex Rins can carry the 2018 momentum into 2019, the incredible rookie talent coming into MotoGP in 2019, and the influx of new bikes and new teams in WorldSBK.

Enjoy the show!

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
0
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 89: The WorldSBK Extravaganza

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Jensen Beeler, Steve English, and David Emmett take a deep dive into the WorldSBK championship. We take a look back at last season, and use that, and the results of the Jerez WorldSBK test, to preview the 2019 season, leading to a debate on what WorldSBK should be, and the difficulties of managing a racing series for motorcycles which are primarily to be sold for use on the road.

We start off with a long look at Kawasaki, and how Jonathan Rea has come to define the Kawasaki era. We analyze the reasons Rea has become such a dominant factor in the series. But we also discuss Tom Sykes, his situation, and how Sykes has handled Rea coming into the team.

We have a long discussion about the Ducati Panigale V4R, and how it is meant to challenge for the WorldSBK crown. We look back at Chaz Davies' and Marco Melandri's 2018 season, ponder Melandri's firing, and what it means for Ducati's participation in the series.

We talk about Yamaha, and Alex Lowes' strong words on just what Yamaha needs to win in WorldSBK. We compare and contrast the Yamaha and Honda WorldSBK efforts, the difference in factory commitment and the difficulties of competing in a championship on a bike which has not had any significant updates for several years, while new bikes come in and move the class on.

This leads us to a philosophical discussion of what exactly the point is of the WorldSBK series. How do you do performance balancing, and can it be set out in a simple set of rules for such very different bikes? What role does electronics play, and is a single ECU a solution, or would it make things more difficult?

The show also includes a few snippets of interviews with riders, including Leon Haslam, and Alex Lowes. The full-length interviews are available to Paddock Pass Podcast patrons, and accessible through our Patreon page.

Enjoy the show!

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
0
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 88: Testing At Jerez - MotoGP, WorldSBK, Moto2, MotoE

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and after a week of testing at Jerez over four different classes of bikes, Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett get together to discuss what happened, who brought what, and what it all means for the 2019 season.

We start first with a rundown of how the various factories fared in the MotoGP test, starting with Yamaha, and their development dilemma, and the very different opinions which Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales have of the 2019 Yamaha M1. We then move on to discuss Ducati, and the myriad tricks Gigi Dall'Igna has up his sleeve, including the return of the torque arm for the rear brake and aerodynamic additions to the rear seat.

We talk about Honda and Suzuki, how both of those brands look to be in good shape, with Marc Marquez able to run the medium front tire, and Joan Mir showing real promise alongside Alex Rins. Then we discuss Aprilia and KTM, and how those two factories appear to be struggling, and how they might be able to fix their problems.

We also take a look at the WorldSBK test, with our first chance to take a look at the Ducati Panigale V4R, how Kawasaki fared (and whether anyone can stop Jonathan Rea), and Yamaha, now they have expanded to four riders, with Marco Melandri and Sandro Cortese joining the GRT Yamaha squad.

We round off with a look at Moto2, and how the Triumph engine has changed the class, and why KTM seem to be in a lot of trouble compared to Kalex. And finally, a few thoughts on the MotoE championship, whether the racing is going to be any good, and what this means for the future of motorcycle racing.

As part of this show, we have a separate special show for our Patreon backers, featuring Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. In the Yamaha special, you can hear Rossi and Viñales share their thoughts with the media on the two days of testing at Jerez, and how they see the development of the 2019 M1. If you want to hear this, sign up as a Patron and support the Paddock Pass Podcast, and help us improve the show.

Enjoy the show!

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
0
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 87: Valencia, The Race And The Test

Another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this time Steve English and David Emmett are wrapping up the last round of MotoGP at Valencia and the test which followed it.

Steve and David start off with a look back at the race, and how the weather affected both the weekend and the race itself. We talk about those who crashed, and those who didn't, and whether the right decision was made in red-flagging the first race. We discuss the strength of the Ducati, Marc Marquez' crash and what consequences it might have, how good the Suzuki has been this year, and KTM's first ever podium.

Then we go on to have a look at the test at Valencia on the Tuesday and Wednesday after the race. We run down who was testing what, why it is important to get the engine right, how the rookies fared on their MotoGP debut, and who impressed us. Steve and David then have their MotoGP monologues, and then run down their winners and losers.

Enjoy the show!

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
19
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 86, The Flyaways Edition: Three Back-to-Back Races

After a long hiatus, the Paddock Pass Podcast is back. With David Emmett and Steve English not only in the same timezone, but also in the same room, we finally got a chance to take a look back at the three rounds in the Pacific region.

Instead of recapping the race, Steve and David give their thoughts on the lessons learned at the races. We debate whether Marc Marquez' 2018 title was a fair reflection of the season, take a look at Valentino Rossi's astonishing race at Sepang, and go over the performance of the Suzukis, the Ducatis, and the Yamahas. We take a look at the steps made by Yamaha in the flyaways, which now look a sign of real progress.

Both Steve and David give their MotoGP monologue: David discusses whether Valentino Rossi can win the championship for Yamaha in 2019, and Steve debates whether Marc Marquez is now the greatest rider of all time. We finish up with our winners and losers.

The sound quality of the podcast is not up to the usual standards, due to an equipment failure, but we hope that doesn't spoil the enjoyment of the show.

Enjoy the show!

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
18
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 85, The New Tracks Edition: Thailand MotoGP and Argentina WorldSBK

A little later than planned, but the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett get together to discuss the last couple of weeks in World Championship motorcycle racing. Neil returns from the inaugural Thai round of MotoGP in Buriram, while Steve was just off a plane from Argentina, after the first ever WorldSBK round in that country, and at the San Juan Villicum circuit.

We kick off discussion with the MotoGP race in Thailand. Naturally, we have plenty to say about the battle between Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso, which Marquez finally settled in his favor at the last corner. We talk about Jorge Lorenzo's run of bad luck, and the seriousness of his injury, before turning to Yamaha, and whether their strong showing in Thailand is sign of an upturn, or just a fluke.

Then we talk about Argentina, and the first ever WorldSBK race held there. Though the winner was entirely predictable, there was still plenty to talk about. We take a deep dive into the Silly Season in WorldSBK, and why there are still so many seats left open, before discussing what effect the new Ducati V4 will have.

In the final part of the show, we have our MotoGP Monologues, in which each of us defend a proposition for a minute. Steve discusses whether Jonathan Rea is really the greatest Superbike rider of all time, Neil asks whether Dovizioso vs Marquez is the new Rainey vs Schwantz, and David ponders whether Ana Carrasco's WorldSSP300 championship heralds a new era for women in motorcycle racing. We finish up, as ever, with our winners and losers.

Enjoy the show!

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
15
year: 
2018

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