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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 63: The Grand Finale

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast sees Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett sit down at Valencia to discuss a thrilling season finale, and how the title decider played out. Naturally, there was plenty to talk about, given all of the shenanigans in the race and throughout the weekend.

There was a lot of ground to cover. We talk about Marc Marquez' season, and how he clinched a record-breaking fourth premier title at the tender age of 24. We wonder if it is too early to start trying to measure his greatness against the greats of old, and whether such comparisons are valid.

Naturally, we talk about Ducati's team orders situation, and whether it was the right decision by Jorge Lorenzo not to obey them. We assess whether the situation could have been handled better, and whether it would have made any difference to the outcome.

We also take a look at Yamaha's difficult season, and where it all went wrong for the Movistar Yamaha team. We contrast their fortunes with the rising star of Johann Zarco, and wonder why he manages the Yamaha M1 better than Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi appear to do. And finally, we run down our winners and losers of the weekend.

For anyone who missed the previous episode of the podcast, in which David and Neil discuss the eventful three races during the flyaways, you can find that podcast on the Paddock Pass Podcast Soundcloud page.

Here's the Valencia show:

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Round Number: 
18
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 61: A Look Back At Aragon, And Reviewing The Season So Far

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out. Jensen Beeler steps in for David Emmett, and picks the mighty brain of Neil Morrison on the Aragon round of MotoGP, and takes a look back at how the season is developed.

In an interesting and wide-ranging conversation, Jensen and Neil talk about Valentino Rossi's return from injury, and the will and determination it takes to put in the effort to make that possible. They talk about Marc Marquez' domination, and the improvements made in the second half of the season.

They also discuss the situation at Ducati, taking a look at the progress Jorge Lorenzo has made in riding the Ducati, and how Andrea Dovizioso is still clinging on to a title challenge. They also ruminate on how Maverick Viñales has not managed to replicate his early form in the second half of the season.

In the latter part of the show, Jensen and Neil discuss the relative newcomers to MotoGP, comparing the progress of Suzuki, Aprilia and KTM, and Neil takes a deep dive into the problems and progress of each. The show wraps up as ever with the boys' winners and losers for the Aragon 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 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: 
14
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 59: Catching Up With The WorldSBK Season

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this time, David Emmett and Steve English get together to discuss the state of the WorldSBK series. In a long-ranging conversation, we cover a lot of ground, and Steve gives his deep insight into the goings on behind the scenes at the championship.

We start off with the domination of the Kawasaki and Ducati teams, and ask whether that is an accurate reflection of the strength of the field. We go through the other manufacturers, and ask how they are doing and what they need to catch up to the green and red bikes.

We go on to discuss how to make the various manufacturers more competitve, and ask what can be learned from the transformation of MotoGP, which went from having three factories, two of which were competitive, and only 17 bikes on the grid to a healthy 23 bikes and the closest racing we have seen in a very long time. We cover some of the silly season rumors in WorldSBK, and some of the options open and the possibiity of Suzuki joining next year.

Steve and David also compare the bikes raced at the Suzuka 8 Hour race, which Steve attended, with the WorldSBK machines, and where the difference is made. We wonder what effect declining sports bike sales have on WorldSBK, and contrast that with the interest for Suzuka. And we have a conversation about attendances, and whether Lausitzring was deceptive or representative.

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: 
9
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 58: Ducati's Domination Post-Silverstone

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out. In it, Steve English, Neil Morrison and David Emmett take a look back at the Austria and Silverstone races, and discuss the big issues that came out of that race.

First of all, we go over the changes made at Ducati, and how the spec software is allowing Andrea Dovizioso to shine. We also reference the MegaRide software, which is a part of Ducati's long-term focus on tire consumption. And we have a quick word for Jorge Lorenzo and his progress.

We chat about the step forward Yamaha have made, and discuss what impact that could have on the championship. Unfortunately, this was recorded just before news of Valentino Rossi's injury broke, so we did not discuss that. We did talk about Honda, and the amazing lap which Marc Marquez made at Silverstone, then talk about the effect his engine blowing up will make.

We also went over the Moto2 and Moto3 championship, and finish up with our winners and losers for the past couple of races.

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: 
12
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 57: Flag-To-Flag Fun At Brno

With MotoGP back on track, the Paddock Pass Podcast also makes a return. Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss a fascinating Czech Grand Prix at Brno. The race left us with plenty to talk about, not least because of the way in which Marc Marquez took victory.

First up, we evaluate Marc Marquez' victory, and analyze just how he pulled it off. We discuss the various factors that went into his win, the importance of strategy, and run through the options available to riders and teams in the event of a flag-to-flag race.

With the chaos which a flag-to-flag race inevitably creates, there were a couple of incidents in pit lane. Neil and David go over the options for fixing the situation, and evaluate the suggestions made by the riders for making pit lane safer during bike swaps.

Next, we talk about the aerodynamic upgrades various factories brought, and what effect they had. We evaluate the legality of Ducati's new package, and discuss the contrasting opinions of Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi on the new fairing brought by Yamaha. And as always, we finish up with our winners and losers of the weekend, who came out smelling of roses and who ended up covered in manure.

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: 
10
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 56: Shaking Things Up At The Sachsenring

After a rather excessive delay (for which you have our apologies) caused by technical issues, the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is finally here. This episode Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss the events of a thrilling Sachsenring MotoGP race.

Germany gave us plenty to talk about. There was the hard-fought victory by Marc Marquez, of course, but Jonas Folger made him work very hard for it. We discuss both Marquez' win and the opportunity Folger seized to step out of his teammate's shadow. We talk about the resurfaced track, and the work that made for Michelin. Victory for Marquez puts him back in the lead of the championship, and we ponder whether this signals a change of tack for the Repsol Honda rider.

We also turn our spotlight onto Yamaha, and review the performances of both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. After a tough week at Assen, Viñales needed a solid finish, and that's what he got. Naturally, we also talk about Ducati, and how the various riders fared. There was a huge disparity in both expected performance and actual results, with Danilo Petrucci qualifying on the front row yet only managing to finish twelfth, while Alvaro Bautista had an outstanding race to end in sixth, and best Ducati. We mull how that could happen, and what effect the tires had.

Naturally, we turn our attention to the Moto2 and Moto3 championships, and we discuss how those races played out, as well as going over a bit of silly season speculation. And finally, we end with our winners and losers section, where Neil and David nominate their candidates for who came out best and who did worst at the German GP.

This episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is brought to you by Suzuki, and the all new Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike.

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: 
9
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 55: Rossi's Assen Masterpiece

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett go over the events of a scintillating weekend at Assen. We start, naturally enough, with Valentino Rossi's win at the legendary Dutch track. We go over how Rossi won it, and compare this victory to his other historic wins. We contrast Rossi's victory at the track with his teammate's fate, Maverick Viñales crashing out of the race as he pushed to catch the leaders.

Naturally, we also compare the fortunes of the Ducatis. We wonder at Danilo Petrucci's transformation into a consistent podium threat, and discuss where it might have come from. We also discuss Andrea Dovizioso's measured race, his remarkable pace to catch the front group, yet his willingness to settle for points, which ultimately leaves him leading the championship.

We compare and contrast the Honda that made it onto the podium, and the Honda that didn't. We marvel at Marc Marquez' astounding save at the GT chicane, and admire Cal Crutchlow's racecraft in bridging the gap from the chasing group to get with the leaders. Then we turn our attention to those who balked at the weather conditions, and ponder the decisions by Johann Zarco and Jorge Lorenzo to pit for wet tires as soon as the rain came. We also sympathize with Dani Pedrosa's struggles to get heat into the tires, especially on a damp track.

In the final segment, we have a quick run through Silly Season, and discuss the latest rider signings and the latest rumors. We take a look at Moto2 and Moto3, both astounding races in their own right, before wrapping up with our winners and losers on 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 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: 
8
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 54: Dovizioso's Ducati Double

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back, and this time, Neil Morrison and David Emmett have a double dose of Ducati domination to discuss. With Mugello and Barcelona being run back to back, the Paddock Pass Podcast boys compare and contrast the fortunes of the championship contenders in the two latest MotoGP races.

First of all, we lavish praise on Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati, for two excellent races capped with victories at home and away. We look into just how Dovizioso did it, and how he managed to defeat the Hondas and Yamahas at two different tracks. We also discuss the varying fortunes of the factory Honda and Yamaha teams at Mugello and Barcelona, with Yamaha up at Mugello and down at Barcelona, with the Repsol Honda team suffering the opposite fate.

We have a discussion about grip, and the state of the Barcelona track, and what effect that had on the outcome of the race, as well as debating what effect the tires had. We also have a few words to say about the Monday test at Barcelona, especially the different feedback from Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales on the chassis Yamaha brought to the track. There are a few words on Marc Marquez' preference for symmetric tires in hot conditions, over asymmentric fronts.

We then move on to take a look at the Moto2 and Moto3 championship, and the events at both Barcelona and Mugello. And finally, we wrap up with our winners and losers of the past couple of weekends.

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: 
7
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 53: Le Mans - The French Connection

The latest (and slightly belated) episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out. In this edition, David Emmett quizzes Neil Morrison on his trip to Le Mans for the French round of MotoGP. It proved to be an extremely eventful race weekend indeed.

That leaves Neil and David with plenty to discuss. First, there was the changing weather, which made setting up for Sunday's race difficult. Then there was Jack Miller's humongous crash at Turn 3, from which he escaped miraculously almost unscathed. There was the scintillating battle of the Movistar Yamahas, from which Maverick Viñales emerged victorious and Valentino Rossi ended in the gravel. 

There was also the remarkable performance of Johann Zarco, securing his first podium in MotoGP and continuing his incredible progress. We also took a look at Ducati, and what could be ailing them, while noting that Dani Pedrosa came through a tough start to the weekend to end on the podium.

Naturally, we also take a quick look at Moto2 and Moto3, and discuss the causes of the first corner pile up at the start of the second lap. And as always, we finish with our winners and losers of the weekend.

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: 
5
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 52: Talking World Superbikes After Imola

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass podcast is out, and features David Emmett and Steve English catch up after the last couple of rounds of World Superbikes, after both Assen and Imola. There was an awful lot to talk about, but the one subject we didn't discuss was Nicky Hayden's terrible cycling accident, which happened a day after we recorded. Please bear that in mind when you listen to the show. Naturally, our thoughts are with Nicky Hayden and his family, and we are hoping he makes a speedy recovery.

There was still plenty to talk about, however. Steve and David go over the events of Imola, and the many red flags which came out there after incidents on the track. We talk a little about the events that caused them, and debate whether there was anything that could be done to address them. We also weigh up the merits of a safety car at the track, and whether that would have made a difference.

We discuss the emphatic victories by Chaz Davies in Imola, and the fascinating races at Assen. We ask whether Jonathan Rea already has the title just about sewn up, and whether there is anything which could be done to stop him. And we ask who among the other riders is capable of taking on WorldSBK's power duo, and whether they can be beaten.

With Kawasakis and Ducatis monopolizing the podium, despite the new race 2 grid shake up, we ponder whether the rule change has made any difference. We also discuss the proposals being put forward to address the dominance of the two big factories, including spec electronics and some form of concessions system. Are there lessons to be learned from MotoGP in WorldSBK.

There is also the first signs of the rider market in WorldSBK being opened up. We talk about the possible consequences should Tom Sykes leave Kawasaki, and who could fill his shoes. We look at the other factories, and what they need to do to be competitive, and ask why the Honda has not been as strong as expected.

Enjoy the show, and keep Nicky Hayden and his family in your thoughts while you do it:

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: 
5
year: 
2017

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