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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 51: Title Chase Tightens In Jerez

The Jerez round of MotoGP turned out very differently to the pundits' predictions, with victory for Dani Pedrosa and the Repsol Hondas while the Yamahas struggled badly. In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss what turned into a very eventful weekend.

We start off with a long discussion of Jerez, and how the temperature affected grip levels and the grip changed the course of the weekend, including how the Moto2 race affected circumstances. Then we talk about how Dani Pedrosa controlled the race, holding off the challenge from his teammate Marc Marquez. We talk about Jorge Lorenzo, and how his fortunes on the Ducati have turned around, as well as changing the view of how the Desmosedici goes around the Spanish track.

Naturally, we pore over what happened to the Yamahas, and how Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi fared. We contrast their fortunes with Johann Zarco, who impressed once again on the Tech 3 bike, and we discuss what the factory Yamaha riders tested at the post-race test on Monday.

We take a brief look at Moto2 and Moto3, and of course we finish up the podcast with our winners and losers for the weekend. Both Neil and David had a couple of rather surprising choices this time around.

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: 
4
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 50: Captain America Continues His Conquest

After a hiatus of a couple of weeks due to conflicting travel schedules, the Paddock Pass Podcast is back. This episode WorldSBK commentator Steve English takes a busman's holiday to visit Austin, and leads Neil Morrison and David Emmett in a discussion of events after the third round of MotoGP at the Circuit of The Americas.

We gathered round late on Sunday night with plenty to talk about. There was of course the bumpiness of the track, which caused Maverick Viñales to crash out. There was the comfortable win for Marc Marquez, leaving him unbeaten on US soil. There was also the clash between Valentino Rossi and Johann Zarco, which saw Rossi penalized by a massive three whole tenths of a second. 

As usual, we round up with our big winners and losers of the weekend. We give our opinions on Romano Fenati, Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales, Danny Kent, 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 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: 
3
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 49: I Can't Stand The Rain - Qatar MotoGP Review

MotoGP is back at last, and the season opener gave us all such a lot to talk about. Neil Morrison and David Emmett have a lot to cover in the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

First, there was the rain, and the folly of organizing a night race in the desert during the "rainy season", however loosely that term may apply to Qatar. Then there was a spectacular and thrilling MotoGP race, with Johann Zarco leading early, Maverick Viñales winning on his first time out on the Yamaha, a podium that even Valentino Rossi didn't expect.

There's the tale of two Ducatis - one fast, one slow, with Dovizioso taking second at Qatar for the third year in a row, and big money signing Jorge Lorenzo finishing eleventh. There was an outstanding first race on the Apriiia by Aleix Espargaro, and an excellent rookie debut by Alex Rins. 

Neil and David run through all the action from the MotoGP race, then talk over the events of the Moto2 and Moto3 races. We discuss Franco Morbidelli setting out a marker in Moto2, Joan Mir's mature performance in Moto3, and our impressions of John McPhee's first strong race with the British Talent Team, and Romano Fenati's return from the Moto3 sin bin.

We finish off with a new segment, where we each give our winners and losers of the opening round. Who did Neil and David think were the real stars of the Qatar MotoGP? And who came off worst from the first 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 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: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 48: WorldSBK Edition - Reviewing Phillip Island & Thailand

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast takes a look back at the two opening rounds of the World Superbike championship. Steve English, WorldSBK commentator extraordinaire, talks to David Emmett about the Philllip Island and Thailand rounds of WorldSBK. 

Though Jonathan Rea is dominating the series so far, the competition is still looking pretty tough. Chaz Davies is doing his best on the Ducati to make Rea's life a misery. Once he got his head round the new grid formation for the second race, Tom Sykes put up a pretty stiff challenge to his teammate. And returnee Marco Melandri is banishing any idea that he may be washed up, holding his own at the front.

Steve and David discuss the effect of the revised grid format for the second race, and how riders have faced the dilemma between taking third and fourth place. They also go over how competitive the Yamaha is, and the long uphill battle facing Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Stefan Bradl.

They also take a quick look at the World Supersport championship, and how Kenan Sofuoglu has lost very little by sitting out the first two rounds of the series. And finally, we take a peek at the new World Supersport 300 championship, and how that might play out.

The next episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast will cover the MotoGP season opener at Qatar. We will be recording that show on Tuesday, and it should be online later this week.

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: 
2
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 47: Qatar MotoGP Test, Getting Ready For 2017

With the 2017 MotoGP season rapidly approaching, it is fitting that the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast should take a deep dive into the final MotoGP test of the preseason at Qatar. Hotfooting it from the desert, Neil Morrison talks to David Emmett about what he learned at the test. There was certainly a lot to talk about.

One of the big topics of conversation was Honda's new engine, and whether the riders on an RC213V had made a final decision about which of the two different big bang engines they will race. We talk about Maverick Viñales' astonishing pace, and Neil reveals the extraordinary lengths to which the Movistar Yamaha rider is going to prepare for the last lap of the first race. We also discuss the difficulties Marc Marquez had at Qatar, and how he and the other Honda riders were pushing to find the limits of the bike.

Naturally, we discuss Valentino Rossi's up and down test, and wonder how he first found a working setup, then seemingly lost it again on the final day. We go through the work being done by all of the factories, and debate just how ready Jorge Lorenzo is to race at Qatar. We assess the outstanding class of MotoGP rookies in 2017, and give our predictions on how they will perform.

While Neil was in Qatar, David was in Jerez, and he gives an account of what he saw at the Moto2 and Moto3 test there. We talk about the speed of Marc VDS riders Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez, admire the immediate pace of the KTM bike, and take a peek at Moto3. Finally, we make our outrageously inaccurate predictions for who is going to win the three championships this year.

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 46: Testing, Testing - Talking Phillip Island, And More

We are in the middle of testing season, and so after two MotoGP tests at two very different circuits, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sit down to go over the state of play in MotoGP. The big question from both Sepang and Phillip Island is whether Marc Marquez or Maverick Viñales is the favorite to emerge from preseason testing. Neil and David weigh the pros and cons, and go over the data from the test so far.

We also talk about Honda's new engine, and their decision to test at Jerez. There are looks at Cal Crutchlow, Dani Pedrosa and Jack Miller, and what their testing performance says about testing. We take a look at the state of Ducati, and whether they are in as much trouble as they appear. We talk about Jorge Lorenzo's adaptation to the Desmosedici, but also go through Andrea Dovizioso's comments on the GP17.

Testing can be deceptive, and we also have a discussion about where both Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone stand. The two were not posting impressive lap times, yet there is reason to believe their outright times belie their real pace. For Suzuki, the pace of Alex Rins makes clear that Iannone's pace should not be taken on face value, the Spanish rookie posting impressive results.

Rins wasn't the only impressive rookie. We go over the situation of all four of MotoGP's rookies so far, and give our far too premature predictions for who will perform best of the newcomers. 

MotoGP wasn't the only topic of discussion, of course. With World Superbikes kicking off this weekend, we also took a look ahead at last weekend's opening round at Philliip Island. There was plenty to discuss, and we talked about all this and more.

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: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 45: Testing Season Part 1 - Sepang, Jerez, Portimao

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back! After a hiatus over the winter break, Steve English and David Emmett get together to go over the latest news from testing, now that bikes are back on track.

The first subject is Sepang, where the MotoGP grid had reassembled for the first test of 2017. We go over the results, debate how strong Marc Marquez is, whether Maverick Viñales can pose a real threat for the title, ponder the strength of Valentino Rossi on the Yamaha, discuss how strong Jorge Lorenzo will be on the Ducati, and spend a few words on the exceptionally strong field of rookies who join MotoGP this season.

After debating MotoGP, we turn our attention to WorldSBK, and the results of the test at Jerez and Portimao. We discuss whether anyone will be able to challenge Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki, wonder whether Chaz Davies can carry his form from late last year into 2017, and debate the merits of the Pata Yamaha squad this season. We also talk about the remarkable turnaround for Eugene Laverty over the two tests, and how well the Aprilia can be expected to do. We also have a quick chat about the plight of Ten Kate Honda, and whether Nicky Hayden is willing to sacrifice another season to developing a new bike, then round it off with a discussion of Marco Melandri's return to WorldSBK, and what that means for the 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 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!

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0
year: 
2017

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 44: An Overview Of The 2016 Season

While Steve English, Neil Morrison and David Emmett were in Barcelona to cover the Superprestigio indoor dirt track race, the three Paddock Pass Podcast regulars seized the opportunity to sit down for a look back at the 2016 MotoGP season. Sat in the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, we ran through our highs, lows and surprises of 2016.

Through the show, Steve, Neil and David give their opinions on how the 2016 season unfolded. We talk about who surprised us most during the year. We discuss the effect of the rule changes for 2016, including the switch to spec software, as well as the move to Michelin, and who benefited and who lost out. We each gave our favorite races, and wondered at how we ended up with nine different winners. We also discuss who disappointed us most during 2016.

It was a fun episode to record, with a lot of discussion and a lot to talk about, all recorded in a wonderful setting. Enjoy!

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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 43: Superprestigio Review And The Future Of American Flat Track

With most of the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered in Barcelona for the Superprestigio dirt track race, we used the opportunity to record a couple of shows. The first show covers the reason we were all in Barcelona in the first place: the fourth edition of the Barcelona Superprestigio, which featured another clash between MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and former AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National champion Brad Baker. This time, it was Marquez who came out on top, tying the series 2-2, and setting up a sequel for next year.

The race gaves us a lot to talk about, and the Paddock Pass Podcast regulars - Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett - were joined by Andrea Wilson, a freelance journalist and photographer with long experience in all forms of racing, and now very closely involved in AMA Pro Flat Track. Andrea offered a fantastic insight into both the level and quality of the Superprestigio, and of dirt track riding among the European racers, and also into what looks to be an exciting future for the AMA Flat Track series.

We kick off the podcast with a look at the Superprestigio, how the race panned out and how tire choice was ultimately decisive. We also talk a little about how bike set up turned out to be crucial, as well as how far track preparation has come, and how Brad Baker feels it could be improved. We look at the riders who impressed us, and who fell short of expectations.

In the second half of the podcast, Andrea Wilson takes a deeper dive into the plans for the future of AMA Flat Track. The CEO of AMA Pro Flat Track, Michael Lock, was at the Superprestigio, and had explained the reasoning behind the move to separate the GNC1 and GNC2 classes, moving the GNC1 classes to twins, and opening up a host of opportunities for manufacturers to enter the sport. Andrea explains some of the implications of those plans, and we discuss how we see the future of the sport.

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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 42: Breaking Down The Valencia & Jerez Tests

After an extend hiatus due to the practical difficulties of trying to synchronize different schedules, the Paddock Pass Podcast is back. In the latest episode, Neil Morrison and David Emmett join Steve English to talk about the end of the 2016 MotoGP season and the start of 2017.

We touch briefly on the Valencia race, before getting into the detail of what we had all been waiting for throughout the weekend: what  all the different riders switching manufacturers looked like on their new steeds. There was a lot to cover, with talk of both the Valencia and Jerez tests.

It is hard to say which of the rider switches was the most anticipated, but Maverick Viñales to Yamaha was definitely high on everybody's lists. We talk in depth about how Viñales is viewed by Yamaha, and how his adaptation to the M1 has gone. Naturally, we also talk about Jorge Lorenzo, his last race with Yamaha and how the test went with Ducati.

We also discuss the impressive pace of Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki, taking over from the departing Viñales. That leads us on to his new teammate Alex Rins, and a comparison of how the various rookies stacked up on their debuts. Then there is KTM, and the challenges they face in coming in to what is now a very tough class. 

The Jerez test also threw up plenty of talking points. Not least Jonathan Rea's incredible lap time and race pace at the test. We go over the developments in the World Superbike paddock, and how that season is stacking up as well. A lot to talk about, and a lot to try to pack in to an hour and a quarter.

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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