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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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 84: Motorland Marc, Dynamic Ducatis, And Lamentable Yamaha

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss a tense and exciting MotoGP race at Aragon. It was action packed right from the start, with Jorge Lorenzo crashing in the first corner.

We start off talking about the race, and how Marc Marquez went about winning it. We then turn our attention to Ducati, how they have made the progress they have had, and what Andrea Dovizioso's strong result at a track which has historically been bad for them means for the future.

Suzuki's success at Aragon was also worthy of note, and we discuss the progress they have made, and what it means that they have now lost their so-called concessions. And we spend some time diving into what has gone wrong with Yamaha, and who is to blame.

We finish off with our MotoGP Monologues, each of us giving our opinions on a subject in one minute. Neil and David sound off on Aleix Espargaro's outstanding result, whether Suzuki's concessions will hinder them next year, whether Jorge Lorenzo's crash was really Marc Marquez' fault, and Jorge Martin's win in Moto3. And as always, we end with our winners and losers.

Enjoy the show!

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Round Number: 
14
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 83: All Aboard The Outrage Bus

There was an awful lot for the Paddock Pass Podcast crew to talk about after the Misano round of MotoGP, most of it having very little to do with the racing itself. In the latest episode, Neil Morrison and David Emmett join Steve English to mull over the fallout of the Misano weekend.

We start off, as you might expect, with Romano Fenati. The boys talk over what Fenati did, and the repercussions he has suffered as a result. Steve, Neil, and David attempt to put the penalty in some kind of context, and ask whether he punishment fitted the crime.

After a long discussion, Steve, Neil, and David turn their attention to the actual racing. We discuss Ducati's dominance, and ask whether the Desmosedici GP18 is now indisputably the best bike on the grid. We have some words for Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow on the Honda, as well as discussing the fate of the Yamahas.

To finish off, we have a new segment, MotoGP Monologues, where Neil and David take turns to give their opinions on a subject within the space of 60 seconds. And we end as usual with our winners and losers from the weekend.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
13
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 82: Silverstone, Much Ado About Nothing

There may not have been any racing at Silverstone, but if anything, that gave us more to talk about, rather than less. In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett mull over the events that led to the non-event that was the British round of MotoGP at Silverstone.

Obviously, the big topic of discussion is exactly what went wrong. We walk through the sequence of events which led to the postponement of racing, from the resurfacing back in February to F1 in July to the rain in FP4 which saw Tito Rabat fall and be so badly injured by Franco Morbidelli's Honda, and then to the rescheduled race start and the eternal delays which eventually saw all racing called off.

We talk about whether it was the right decision to call off the race. Whether the accusations of cowardice leveled at the riders by some fans were justified. Whether it would have been possible to actually try to put on a race at some point during that fateful Sunday. And what this all means for Silverstone, and the future of the British Grand Prix.

Despite the rain dominating the headlines, there were one or two other tidbits of news to discuss from Silverstone. Neil and David talk all about the Petronas Sepang Yamaha team, which was officially launched on Friday at the track, and what it means for the future. We talk about the 2019 calendar, and the decision to drop Mexico from the proposed schedule. And we finish up as always with our winners and losers for the weekend, with a special shout out to the fans who sat patiently and bravely through hours and hours of rain, only to have the whole thing called off.

Enjoy the show, despite the lack of racing!

 

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Round Number: 
12
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 81: WorldSBK Interview Special

Episode 81 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and in this edition, Steve English and Jensen Beeler get together to talk a little bit more World Superbike action, before the season returns from its nearly two-month long summer break.

In the show, the boys talk about some of the big stories going on in the World Superbike Championship right now, and we chased down a number of riders to get their perspective while at the Laguna Seca round.

As a result, the show includes interviews with Tom Sykes, Alex Lowes, Eugene Laverty, Jake Gagne, and Jonathan Rea. The topics cover things like the rider silly season, the new rules for the year and how they’ve affected the race results, and how to improve “the show” in WorldSBK.

Of course the show is full of behind-the-scenes insights and analysis, which should be a welcomed resource for both seasoned World Superbike followers, and those who have missed many of the season’s races.

Enjoy the show, and a MotoGP episode discussing the debacle at Silverstone should be out soon!

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 80: The Austrian Episode, Now With Added Yamaha And Aprilia

Another weekend, another race, and another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. As they headed up the S6 motorway between Spielberg and Vienna, David Emmett and Neil Morrison stopped off at a service station for a cup of coffee and a quick spot of podcasting.

We naturally start off talking about the race, and how the Ducatis held off a hard-charging Marc Marquez for the win. We talk about Jorge Lorenzo's transformation, and just how much Marquez really wanted to win that race. We also discuss what it all means for the championship.

We then turn to two different manufacturers who didn't feature at the front of the race. We dive into the situation at Yamaha, from the strange apology issued by Yamaha M1 project leader Kouji Tsuya on Saturday night, to what Yamaha are doing to address their problems. We wonder if it will work, whether Yamaha will win a race again this season, and what it all means for 2019.

Next we discuss the meltdown at Aprilia, with Scott Redding criticizing the Italian factory extremely harshly, and Aleix Espargaro offering a much more polite, but equally withering critique of the lack of progress at the Italian factory. We ask where things are going awry, and how Aprilia can fix the situation. And we wrap the show up with our usual winners and losers section.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
11
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 79: Talking Brno, And What Happened With Maverick Viñales

MotoGP returned to another cracking race at Brno, and a tight finish between the top three. Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down to talk about the race, and the fallout from it, on the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

We first talk about how close the race was, and how the battle between the Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo, and the Honda of Marc Marquez unfolded. We debate what this means for Ducati, and what it means for Honda, and how that plays going forward. We also talk about what factors created the close racing, and whether the tires are interfering with what some people regard as pure racing.

We then turn our attention to the Strange Case Of Maverick Viñales, and the disruption in the Movistar Yamaha garage after the race. We examine exactly how the rift between Viñales and his crew chief Ramon Forcada came about, and debate who is to blame in the whole affair. We also debate Yamaha's handling of the affair.

We finally take a quick look at the state of the championship, run down some of the things which caught our attention at the test, and talk about a couple of news items, including the growing role of European test teams, who will be Yamaha's test rider, and whether Dani Pedrosa will test for Honda or KTM next season. We take a peek at the 2019 calendar, and discuss just exactly how dangerous the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City is for motorcycle racing. We finish up as usual 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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
10
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 77: Assen, The Sachsenring, And Assessing The First Half Of 2018

After the WorldSBK extravaganza podcast with Steve English and Jensen Beeler, the Paddock Pass Podcast turns its attention back to MotoGP. After the epic race at Assen, and then another intriguing round at the Sachsenring in Germany, Neil Morrison and David Emmett get together to discuss where MotoGP stands as the 2018 season reaches its halfway point.

We start off with a discussion of where the Assen race ranks in the list of all time great MotoGP/500cc races, which turns into a debate over what criteria to use in judging whether a race is great or not. Is it all about how close the finish is? Does it have to be decided on the last lap? Does the significance of a race in the championship matter?

After a quick rundown of the Assen and Sachsenring races, we go on to talk about where all of the MotoGP manufacturers stand so far this season. We discuss how good the Honda really is, whether the Ducati is actually the best bike on the grid, and how much of a handicap Yamaha's electronics deficit really is. We talk about how much progress KTM and Aprilia have made, and how good the Suzuki really is. Finally, we round it off with our traditional choosing of 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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
9
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 76: The Midsummer WorldSBK Extravaganza

There's another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast out, and this one is a corker. WorldSBK commentator and Paddock Pass Podcast regular Steve English sat down with Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber to go over the state of WorldSBk at the US round of World Superbikes at Laguna Seca.

In a fascinating and wide-ranging conversation, Steve and Jensen cover the present state of the World Superbike series, and where it is going in the future. They start off in Phillip Island, and the expectations of the season at the opening round of the year, then go on to discuss how all that has changed over the course of the first half of the season.

There is plenty to talk about - Jonathan Rea's domination of the series, how Chaz Davies has come up short this year, how the rule changes have helped the middle of the field close up, but haven't stopped Rea from winning pretty much at will.

After going over all this, Steve and Jensen turn their attention to WorldSBK's Silly Season, which is still only in its early stages with a lot of teams and riders still to decide on what to do next year. There's discussion of the Ducati Panigale V4 bike, and how it will affect the 2019 season, and which teams could end up running the bike. There is a look at how the teams could turn out next season, and which riders could end up where.

Finally, Steve and Jensen round it all off with a round of predictions for the future, for next season and beyond.

Enjoy the show!

If you enjoyed this show, you shouldn't have to wait very long to hear the next one. After failing to record an Assen show due to a clash of schedules, Neil Morrison and David Emmett will be recording a round up of Assen and the Sachsenring this week, for release very soon.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
8
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 75: Lorenzo Does It Again At Barcelona

The Grand Prix of Catalonia in Barcelona may not have been a classic race, it did throw up plenty of talking points, and in the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss what went on at the race at Montmeló. We obviously have to start with Jorge Lorenzo's win on the Ducati, his second in a row and reminiscent of his years at Yamaha. We take a look at what changed for Lorenzo, and how he went from struggling so badly at Buriram to winning back-to-back races at Mugello and Barcelona.

Does Lorenzo's win put him back in the title race? We go through the list of candidates, and how much chance they stand of disrupting Marc Marquez' seemingly unstoppable march towards another championship. We also go over the tale of how Jorge Lorenzo ended up as Marc Marquez' teammate for 2019, and ponder whether he will be competitive on the Honda or not.

We also spend some time on the situation at Yamaha, and examine how they ended up on a losing streak of seventeen races. That discussion leads us on to talk about the test at Barcelona, and who brought what there, with one of the big talking points being the fact that Yamaha had almost nothing to test. Finally, we go over our traditional winners and losers of the weekend.

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. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
7
year: 
2018

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