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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 41: Wrapping Up The Flyaways - PI & Sepang

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast takes a long look back at the last two of the flyaways. Neil Morrison and David Emmett have a long chat about the exciting events at Phillip Island and Sepang. 

With the weather being a real factor in both Australia and Malaysia, we talk about how that affected the racing, and celebrate two unexpected winners. We discuss Cal Crutchlow's superb victory in Australia, and Andrea Dovizioso's controlled win at Sepang, managing the race and the conditions to perfection. 

There was plenty more to talk about. We talk about Marc Marquez' two crashed, Jorge Lorenzo's struggles in the wet, how the weather affected Sepang, and how the newly resurfaced track held up under unexpectedly difficult conditions. We also talk about how Johann Zarco finally succeeded in wrapping up the 2016 Moto2 title, and cast a quick glance at Moto3 as well.

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: 
17
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 40: Marquez Wraps It Up Early

With the Paddock Pass Podcasters spread across the globe, the latest episode comes with a skeleton crew. MotoMatters.com's David Emmett is joined by our photographer Scott Jones of Photo.GP. Scott is in Thailand, having just returned from his first visit to Motegi.

Scott and David have plenty to talk about. As it was Scott's first visit to Japan, he talks about the challenges of visiting a track for the first time, and his impressions of the track. He was in for a surprise, as everyone was - not least Marc Marquez - as Marquez managed to wrap up the title at his first attempt. Scott and David talk about the transformation of Marquez this year, and how he won the 2016 title.

Of course, it wasn't just that Marc Marquez won the title, the Movistar Yamaha riders managed to lose it. We also have a long discussion of the differing trajectories of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, and what went wrong for them in 2016. We also give a little bit of insight into 2017, based on what we have learned from the rumors surrounding next year's bikes.

We wrap up with a small preview of Phillip Island, and look ahead to the remaining three races. 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: 
16
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 39: Will We See A Ninth Winner?

With illness preventing recording in the week after Aragon, Steve English, Neil Morrison and David Emmett got together this weekend to take a look back at Aragon and Magny-Cours and a look ahead to the flyaways.

As ever, we covered a lot of ground. Kicking off with a discussion of whether Marc Marquez has already done enough to wrap up the 2016 MotoGP title, and whether he will come under any threat from the Movistar Yamaha team. We also consider the team dynamics inside the factory Yamaha squad, and weigh up whether Valentino Rossi or Jorge Lorenzo will take second place in the championship. 

The subject of Yamaha also triggered a discussion of whether the Yamaha is still the best bike on the grid, and what has changed since the first start of the season. We also look ahead to the three flyaways, wonder if a Yamaha will win another race this season, and ask if we will see a ninth winner this year.

The other big news at Aragon was of course Danilo Petrucci's concussion, and why he was allowed to race. Steve pitches in with his experiences of concussion, and Neil explains at length the precise protocol and procedure which led to Petrucci being allowed to race.

After that, we turn our attention to World Superbikes, and Chaz Davies' outstanding double at Magny-Cours. Davies himself appears on the show to explain where he gained an advantage over the Kawasakis, and we take a look at the new bikes launched at the Intermot in Cologne, and consider what impact they will have in 2017. Will the new Honda Fireblade give Nicky Hayden a fighting chance at winning a dry race? And will the upgraded Aprilia RSV4 make Eugene Laverty a force to be reckoned with in the championship?

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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 28: And Dani Makes It Eight

Another MotoGP race, another winner. The Misano round of MotoGP had plenty to talk about, so MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett joined Neil Morrison to mull over the events of the weekend. 

Naturally, we start off with Dani Pedrosa's incredible victory, and discuss in-depth how it came about. We talk about where Pedrosa turned around his season, and how conditions affected his race. We also touch on the issue of crew chiefs, and address rumors that Pedrosa is to have a new one for next season.

We also look at the drama behind Pedrosa. The Movistar Yamaha teammates managed to clash again - it's almost as if they are not doing their best to avoid it - with Jorge Lorenzo accusing Valentino Rossi of making an overly aggressive pass. Neil and David both give their view of events, both of the pass and of the heated argument over it in the press conference.

Despite Valentino Rossi finishing ahead of Marc Marquez, the Repsol Honda rider finished with a slightly firmer grip on the championship. We discuss Marquez' maturity once again, and whether Rossi really has given up on the championship. We also have some words on Aprilia's strong performance, and a difficult weekend for Ducati.

We cast a quick glance over the Moto2 and Moto3 championships as well, contrasting the fates of the leaders of their respective championships. And we wrap with an assessment of Misano as an event, and a destination for a combined vacation. 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: 
13
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 37: Viñales Makes it Seven Winners in Seven Races

After a scintillating round of MotoGP at Silverstone, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew got together to discuss the momentous events in all three classes. Scott Jones of PhotoGP leads the conversation, with Neil Morrison and Steve English joining MotoMatters' own David Emmett.

Silverstone left us with a lot of ground to cover. The main focus of the conversation is of course Maverick Viñales' first win, how it happened and what it means for Suzuki. We take a quick glance at the progress Suzuki has made in just two short years since rejoining the class. 

We also talk about Cal Crutchlow's resurgence. Where has his newfound pace come from? Confidence, or the calmness that comes with being a new father? Of course there is discussion of the fearsome battle between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, and what happened to Jorge Lorenzo. And we go over the chances of Marquez being denied the championship.

The Moto2 and Moto3 races also produced plenty to talk about. The four of us discuss the clash between Johann Zarco and Sam Lowes, and ask whether Zarco's penalty was a just one. That penalty had a major impact on the Moto2 championship, as did Brad Binder's victory. And finally, a mention for Bo Bendsneyder, who grabbed his first podium of his career, leading into a discussion of what it takes to get the best out of young riders. We hope you 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: 
12
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 36: History in the Making at Brno

The Brno round of MotoGP was one for the history books, and so Neil Morrison, Scott Jones and David Emmett got together to discuss the events of Brno in the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

There was a lot to talk about. Obviously, we take a look at Cal Crutchlow's win, and how making the right choice of tires helped make the difference. That tire choice proved to be crucial, and we give our opinions on what happened to the soft wet tires of the various protagonists, and who, if anyone, is to blame. We celebrate those who chose wisely, but also the riders such as Marc Marquez and Hector Barbera who nursed the soft wet tires home.

Cal Crutchlow's victory ends a 35-year drought for British Grand Prix racing, and we try to put that into some kind of perspective. But we also examine what this result means for the 2016 MotoGP championship, and whether Marc Marquez has the title sewn up. We also ask whether Jorge Lorenzo's seventeenth place at Brno was an unmitigated disaster or the first signs of a change in his fortunes in the wet. 

Crutchlow wasn't the only British rider to win at Brno. We also celebrate John McPhee's excellent win in Moto3, talk about Brad Binder's championship, and take a look at the Moto2 race and how it affects the title race. Plenty to talk about, and plenty to think about:

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: 
11
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 35: Red Rockets Flying at the Red Bull Ring

So much happened during the return of Grand Prix motorcycle racing at the Red Bull Ring in Austria that it took a mighty crew of four Paddock Pass Podcasters to cover it all. Ducati's return to winning ways, Jorge Lorenzo's return to form, Marc Marquez' maturity, ride throughs, dashboard messages: all this and more were topics for discussion between Roadracing World's Neil Morrison, top snapper Tony Goldsmith, MotoMatters.com's own photographer extraordinaire Scott Jones, and David Emmett.

From a hotel room in Vienna, where we assembled to record the lastest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, we talk at length about the circuit in Spielberg, and its outstanding facilities. Scott Jones and Tony Goldsmith give their unique perspective as photographers on the spectacular setting of the track, comparing it favorably to many other circuits. We also discuss the safety issues at the circuit, and what MotoGP expects to be done to help address them.

We naturally cover the racing at some length. There is a good discussion of Ducati's first victory in MotoGP, and whether Andrea Iannone's win means Ducati made the right decision on which of the two Andreas to keep. We compare Jorge Lorenzo's performance on Friday versus the rest of the weekend, and address how he stacked up against his teammate. We talk about Marc Marquez' amazing ability to settle for fifth and take the points, rather than try to win an impossible race.

We also talk about the jump starts which marred the start of the race, and the weird situation which saw Stefan Bradl have to do two ride throughs and Hector Barbera get black-flagged. This proved to be highly relevant, given the talk of allowing teams to communicate with their riders via the dashboards.

Naturally, we talk about Romano Fenati, and his remarkable sacking from the Sky VR46 Racing Team, and we go on to cover the amazing performance of Johann Zarco in Moto2, and the outstanding racing in Moto3. It's a long show, but we think you will enjoy 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: 
10
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 34 - MotoGP Mid-Season Review

It is a time for mid-season reviews. In addition to our own series of reviews looking at how the various riders have fared in the first half of the year, Steve English, Neil Morrison and Asphalt & Rubber's Jensen Beeler got together to discuss the first half of 2016 for the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

Over the course of an hour and a half, Steve, Neil and Jensen go over the riders, the factories, and the teams, and how they have held up during the first nine races of 2016.

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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 33: Reviewing the Sachsenring, and the Austria MotoGP Test

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast features Neil Morrison of Roadracing World and Crash.net and MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett taking a long look back at the Sachsenring, and discussing the events of MotoGP test in Austria. 

We kick off with a long look at the wet weather race in Germany, and discuss the concerns Michelin had ahead of the weekend. On a drying track, tire choice and pit strategy became key, and Neil and David discuss who benefited and who didn't. They also take a look at the improving form of both Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding, and ask whether the 2016 MotoGP championship is already over.

There is also a little discussion about the changing fortunes at Ducati, and how that bike has developed through the season. And in look at the test in Austria, Neil and David also speculate on Casey Stoner's times, and wonder whether he will ever actually race as a wildcard. The test at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg was also the first time the KTM MotoGP bike was on track together with the other MotoGP machines, and we try to dissect the times and progress of the machine.

We then wrap up the show with a look at the Moto2 and Moto3 races, as well as the latest and most interesting bits of gossip of who goes where in Moto2 in 2017. 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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 32 - Dutch Madness At Assen, Moto2, Moto3 & More

Later than hoped for, but here at last. Recorded after the MotoGP race at Assen, the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is finally online. 

In it, Tony Goldsmith and Neil Morrison discuss the events of a wild and weird weekend in The Netherlands, and the surprise winner the Dutch TT produced. Tony and Neil go over the race and the weather, and the difficulties of a red-flagged race.

Apart from the on-track action, the podcasting pair also take a long look at Ducati, and their progress throughout the year. There is also talk of both the Moto2 and Moto3 classes, of the prospects of Alex Rins and his fellow Moto2 riders making the transition to MotoGP. 

Neil and Tony finish up with a discussion of the Laguna Seca World Superbike round. As the show was recorded before the weekend began, you can check their confident predictions against how the weekend actually played out. 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: 
2016

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