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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 73: Le Mans And Silly Season Madness With Neil And Steve

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and in this edition, Neil Morrison and Steve English catch up with the events of the Le Mans MotoGP round and take a broad overview of the happenings in WorldSBK. After a quick recap of the on track events at the French Grand Prix, Neil and Steve turn their attention to the wildness that is the current state of MotoGP's Silly Season. A few key signings have unleashed a barrage of rumors, and the boys dissect what may and may not be happening in that regard.

MotoGP is not the only place where the rider market has exploded. Steve gives us his insight into what could turn out to be a particularly lively Silly Season in WorldSBK. Chaz Davies may decide to move on from Ducati, and Tom Sykes seems destined to abandon Kawasaki in favor of Yamaha.

At the end, Neil and Steve go through their biggest winners and losers of the weekend, and give their insight as to who came out of the weekend best. 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: 
5
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 72: Talking Jerez With Adam and Tom

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and it features a bumper crop of guests. Regulars Neil Morrison and David Emmett were joined by top French journalist Thomas Baujard of Moto Journal, and MXGP expert Adam Wheeler, who runs the outstanding On Track Off Road website. After the dramatic race at Jerez, they had a lot to talk about.

First up, the guys walk through the dramatic events at Jerez, focusing especially on the three-rider pile up involving Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, and Andrea Dovizioso. We talk about the fall out from that crash, about Marc Marquez' comfortable victory, and how the crash flattered the finishing positions of the remaining riders.

We then turned our attention to discuss the balance of power among the manufacturers in MotoGP. We compare the strength of Ducati, Honda, and Suzuki with the struggles of Yamaha, and where those problems come from. Thomas Baujard, who knows the Tech3 team well, gives his view on why Johann Zarco is managing to outperform Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales in the factory team. We consider how Aprilia have managed to build a bike that handles superbly and is close to being competitive with the best, while suffering disastrous reliability problems.

Finally, we talk to Adam Wheeler, who has deep knowledge of KTM thanks to his experience in MXGP and Supercross, about the progress the Austrian factory has made, and the major announcements they have made this weekend, including the signing of Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco to the factory team, and Miguel Oliveira to the Tech3 satellite squad. We then wrap the whole show up 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: 
4
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 71: Talking Points From Austin

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back with another episode. On the Monday after the Grand Prix of the Americas, Neil Morrison, Jensen Beeler, and David Emmett huddled round their microphones in a hotel room in Austin to discuss the race that happened on Sunday.

The race may not have been a thriller, but there were plenty of things to talk about. The PPP crew start off on Marc Marquez, how he has become unbeatable in Austin, and his reaction to the events of Argentina. Then, after a discussion of how the race played out, we turn our attention to Yamaha, and especially Maverick Viñales' podium and Valentino Rossi falling just short of a podium.

After that, we take a look at Suzuki, and how they have made the progress they have shown this far. We compare and contrast it with other manufacturers, and wonder who will be riding in the factory Suzuki team, and who gets the satellite Suzukis next year. Finally, we wrap up the show 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: 
3
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 70: Three Talking Points From Argentina

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out. In episode #70, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett join a conversation across three countries and two continents to discuss a chaotic and controversial Argentinian round of MotoGP.

There was an awful lot to talk about, but the boys tried to break it down into three different talking points, and cover the ground that way. First up is Valentino Rossi's accusation that Marc Marquez was "destroying the sport". Is Marquez really destroying MotoGP, and just how many rules did the Spaniard break on Sunday in Argentina? And how did his misdemeanors compare with that of Johann Zarco, who ran Dani Pedrosa wide, the Repsol Honda finally crashing and breaking his wrist.

Next, they turn their attention to Race Direction, and consider whether the start was handled correctly. After 23 riders abandoned the grid, was having those 23 all line up six rows behind a lonely Jack Miller on pole the best possible solution? What happened with Marc Marquez and his bump start? And was a ride through penalty sufficient punishment.

Finally, we talk about Cal Crutchlow's comment at the start of the press conference, that "the headlines are here". Is Crutchlow right to say that the media should be covering what turned into a great race, or is the drama on and off track also worthy of the headlines? And taking our cue from Crutchlow, we discuss the battle at the front, and how that turned out.

We wrap up the podcast as ever with our winners and losers, Steve, Neil, and David all giving their opinions on who came out of Argentina looking best, and who is in trouble. 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: 
2
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 69: Three Talking Points From Qatar

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back with another episode, and in a slightly different format. In this edition, Neil Morrison and David Emmett walk through the biggest talking points that arose from the MotoGP season opener at Qatar.

First up, they discuss whether Marc Marquez vs Andrea Dovizioso will be the defining battle of the 2018 season. Next, they consider whether the Yamaha is as bad as it was in testing, or as good as it was in the Qatar race, and which way the series will fall. After that, Neil and David turn their attention to the coming madness of Silly Season, with so many riders possibly going to swap bikes. They wrap up the show by discussing their winners and losers from Qatar, and from the preseason testing leading up to Qatar.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you do use iTunes, please remember to rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
1
year: 
2018

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 68: Thailand And Qatar Tests With Manuel Pecino

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back with another episode, and this one is a real treat, with another special guest. At Qatar, Paddock Pass Podcast regular Neil Morrison is joined by veteran globetrotting Spanish journalist Manuel Pecino, to discuss the state of play after the Buriram and the Qatar tests.

Manuel adds even more depth to Neil's incisive analysis of testing, and the pair get into the details of where the various factories stand. They start off with Yamaha, and ponder how the once-dominant factory seems to have lost its way, with the exception of Johann Zarco on the satellite bike. They take a long hard look at what has happened, and how Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales seem to be taking the bike in two different directions.

Then Neil and Manuel go on to discuss Marc Marquez' new contract with Repsol Honda, and whether that makes him the best paid rider on the grid. This leads them onto a discussion of who they see as being in the hunt for the championship. They talk about Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso, then go on to debate how Jorge Lorenzo has been adapting to the Ducati.

Neil and Manuel go on to discuss the other factories and riders: how Alex Rins is faring at Suzuki, and the difference between Rins and Andrea Iannone; how Cal Crutchlow could leverage his HRC support to challenge for the title. Finally, Neil gets Manuel to make his prediction for the top three in the 2018 MotoGP championship.

If you enjoyed this chat between Neil and Manuel, make sure you follow Manuel on Twitter at @pecinogp, keep an eye on his website, http://pecinogp.com/, where you will find a host of fascinating articles, or look out for the articles he publishes for a range of magazines such as Cycle World and Sport Rider.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you do use iTunes, 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 67: Talking Sepang With Thomas Baujard

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back, reporting direct from Sepang with a new guest. On Tuesday evening after the test, David Emmett sat down with respected French journalist Thomas Baujard, who works for the French magazine Moto Journal, to discuss what happened in the test.

Tom and David go through the factories one by one, and assess where they stand after the first test of the year. They start off talking about the Sepang track, and how the new surface is ageing, and finally starting to dry more quickly. Then they get on to discuss Ducati, and how the Gigi Dall'Igna's engineers have managed to solve at least part of the turning problem for the GP18, and how that has helped make both Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo extremely competitive.

They then move on to talk about Honda, and debate whether HRC is in a good place or not with the new RC213V engine. The may be close with the electronics, but is the engine still too aggressive? From Honda to Yamaha, Tom and David discuss whether the 2018 Yamaha M1 is an improvement or not. Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales topped the second day, but struggled on the final day. Naturally, we discuss Johann Zarco's decision to switch back to the 2016 chassis, and what that means for both the Frenchman and for Yamaha.

We also spend some time talking about Suzuki, where Alex Rins is coming good after a difficult rookie season. We discuss Aprilia, where Aleix Espargaro got the chassis he wanted, but is being forced to wait for the engine. And we take a look at the situation KTM finds itself in: having made so much progress in 2017, KTM face the reality that the last second is ten times more difficult to find than the first two seconds.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you do use iTunes, 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 66: Reviewing The 2017 MotoGP Season

With testing due to kick off in Sepang in just over a week, the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast takes a look back at the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 MotoGP season. The PPP Posse™ - Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett - gathered at the Barcelona Superpresitigio to break down the year into five categories.

Before we start on the five categories, we first take a look back at the year in general, and contemplate whether this era of MotoGP is comparable to the previous Golden Age in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Then, we go through our five categories: rider of the year, surprise of the year, disappointment of the year, the race of the year, and the overtake of the year. Steve, Neil, and David all give their different perspectives on these categories, which generates some great debate on the state of racing in 2017.

Enjoy the show!

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Round Number: 
0
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 65: A Look Back At MotoGP Testing So Far

Though 2018 has begun, the Paddock Pass Podcast is still catching up with the tail end of 2017. In the latest episode, Steve English and David Emmett chat about how testing went before the winter break kicked in on 1st December.

Steve and David walk through the development of the various factories at the Valencia and Jerez tests. We talk about the optimism coming out of the Honda garage, the work which lays ahead for the Yamaha team and the complications presented by Johann Zarco's performance and feedback, what Ducati still has to fix, and the astonishing rate of progress for KTM which left them catching up with themselves at Valencia and Jerez. We also take a quick look at Aprilia and Suzuki, where they stand and what they have left to do.

We should have another episode out soon, which we recorded at the Superprestigio in Barcelona, reviewing the 2017 season. 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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you do use iTunes, 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: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 64: Reviewing The 2017 WorldSBK Season

With the most important part of the WorldSBK grid assembled at Jerez, it seemed like a good time to go over the 2017 WorldSBK season. No one knows the World Superbike paddock quite like Steve English, so David Emmett submits him to a grilling over the events of the past year, and how he sees the future, while David tries not to make too many stupid remarks.

Obviously, the main topic of discussion was Jonathan Rea, and how he dominated. But there was plenty more to talk about too. We discussed Chaz Davies and Ducati, and how hard Davies had to work to keep up. We mull Marco Melandri's return to WorldSBK, and whether he has lived up to expectations.

We look at the other manufacturers and riders too. We discuss how the Pata Yamaha team came on, and how they have progressed this year. We discuss Leon Camier's brave efforts on the MV Agusta, and what that means for next year. And we have a quick chat about Aprillia, and how Eugene Laverty fared.

This was a short show, recorded under time restrictions. More shows are coming, including a show discussing the 2018 WorldSBK regulations, and asking whether it will make any difference to the results. A MotoGP testing round up show is to be recorded this week, as will a season review show. Stay tuned...

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you do use iTunes, 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: 
2017

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