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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 31 - Talking Misano World Superbikes

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast switches paddocks. David Emmett went to Misano for the World Superbike round at the Italian circuit, and after the race, he and Steve English, working as TV commentator in the World Superbike paddock, got together to discuss the events of the weekend.

Steve and David naturally discuss the events of the weekend, but there is also a much broader discussion, on the challenges teams face when they enter the WorldSBK paddock. We go over the various teams and bikes, and the varying levels of support from each of the factories. We talk about MV Agusta being a case in point: a factory struggling financially with what is basically a good package and an excellent rider in Leon Camier. 

We also discuss the difficulty of switching between paddocks. Steve, having spent a lot of time on both World Superbike and MotoGP paddocks, and David, having spoken to MotoGP team managers about where they are looking for new talent, discuss why it is so hard for riders to switch between the two classes.

Enjoy the show!

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Round Number: 
8
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 30 - Isle of Man TT Special

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, we step away from the usual world of MotoGP and World Superbikes to take a deep dive into one of the most iconic motorsports events on the planet: the Isle of Man TT. Asphalt & Rubber's Jensen Beeler talks to the men on the ground on the Island, Tony Goldsmith and Steve English, in a lengthy discussion that covers almost every aspect of the TT, and includes an interview with TT legend John McGuinness. Being a native of the Isle of Man, Tony Goldsmith brings a unique perspective to the race, and how the Island views the event.

The discussion ranges across all sorts of subjects, from the exceptional circumstances and fine weather which produced record lap times around the Island, to the possible changing of the guard which is taking place at the TT, to a discussion of the TT Zero and electric racing bikes. Steve English talks to John McGuinness about his love of the TT, the differences between short circuit racing and racing on the Island, and the stress and strain which racing on the TT places on riders.

With four deaths during this year's event, Steve, Tony and Jensen do not shy away from the danger. In a frank and honest discussion, they talk about the risks the riders take, and how the whole world of road racing deals with the risks involved in racing on public roads with little in the way of safety. Recorded in the week after the Barcelona MotoGP round, where Luis Salom sadly lost his life during practice for the Moto2 race, the boys compare and contrast attitudes in the Grand Prix paddock to those involved in the TT and the roads.

It's a long listen, but this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is a little bit special.

 

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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 29 - The Highs and Lows of Barcelona

After a tragic and emotional weekend at Barcelona, David Emmett and Neil Morrison sat down in David's hotel room to discuss the Grand Prix of Catalonia, as well as the test which took place on Monday.

Naturally, the first topic of discussion is the tragic death of Luis Salom on Friday, during free practice for the Moto2 class. Neil and David go over the sequence of events leading up to his death, as well as the aftermath, and how the series coped with it. We talk about track safety and how the track was changed, and how the Safety Commission came to its decision.

Despite the tragedy, the riders and teams decided the race should go on, with the blessing of Salom's team and family. The races were a fitting tribute to a fallen racer, with an incident-packed MotoGP race producing a fantastic duel, a strong Moto2 race and another superb Moto3 race. We discuss the keys to the MotoGP race, the apparent reconciliation between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, and the incident between Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo.

There was also a test on Monday, and we have a quick round up of who was testing what and what it all meant.

It was a difficult weekend for all, and we tried to deal with the tragedy of Salom's death as sensitively as possible. But there was a lot to talk about. There are photo galleries of Luis Salom's funeral on the Spanish Motorsport.com website and on the website of El Pais. 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: 
7
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 28 - So You Want To Be A MotoGP Photographer?

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something very special indeed. After the Austin round of MotoGP, David Emmett spoke to two of the finest photographers in the paddock, Scott Jones and Tony Goldsmith, about the challenges they face as motorcycle racing photographers.

It is a long and fascinating chat, covering a very wide range of topics concerning being a photographer in MotoGP. Scott and Tony talk about where their interest in photography came from, and how they ended up working as professional racing photographers. They talk about the technical challenges they face - not going into too much technical detail, so as not to confuse the photo-illiterate David Emmett - when shooting, such as dealing with the bane of the MotoGP photographer, heat haze.

As Tony has a long history of shooting at the TT on the Isle of Man, he explains the very different approaches and expectations of photography at the TT and MotoGP. Scott has spent some time shooting cars as well as bikes, and both he and Tony compare and contrast shooting cars and shooting motorcycles, and explain why taking pictures of motorcycle racing is much more interesting than taking pictures of cars.

There is naturally a discussion of favorite photos and favorite circuits, as well as what makes a track great for photography and what makes it bad for photography. Tony and Scott also talk about what they are looking for from a particular track, and from a particular shot. They talk about some of the mechanics of photography, and bring up things that fans often don't even think about: how the color scheme of a bike can make it hard to focus on it, and get a nice, clean shot of it. How a particular color can look fantastic in the flesh, but make reproducing it in print into a nightmare. 

There is some talk of the tools of the trade: Scott and Tony both briefly talk about the cameras and types of lenses they carry. For those interested in the gory details, Scott has two great posts on the PhotoGP website: one with the list of photo gear which he uses, and one with all of the kit he packs when he goes to a race.  There is even a discussion of the hardest part of the job of being a professional motorcycle racing photographer: actually making money.

One of the most interesting parts of the discussion was on planning a race weekend, and on the planning which can go into taking a particular photo. Both Scott and Tony give great insight, and we discuss one Scott's most famous photographs, "First in Flight", a remarkable shot of Marc Marquez coming over Turn 1 at Laguna Seca with both wheels off the ground. Scott wrote a fascinating blog piece on how he came to take that shot, giving great insight into how to go about creating such iconic photographs. There are a few prints of that photo, signed by Marc Marquez, still available on Scott's website.

The entire podcast was a pleasure to make, and makes great listening for motorcycle racing fans, fans of photography, and budding professional photographers alike. If you enjoyed the podcast, you can see more of Tony Goldsmith's work on his website http://www.tonygoldsmith.net/, or on his Facebook page. You can see more of Scott Jones' work here on MotoMatters.com, at the Photo.GP website, on Twitter and Instagram, and of course on Facebook

If you are a budding photographer, and want to learn some of the secrets of the trade, then I highly recommend you join Scott Jones' Patreon page. By supporting Scott through Patreon, you get access to his tutorials on photographing motorcycle racing, as well as the chance of one-on-one tuition from him. You can see the short versions of his tutorial videos on Scott's Youtube channel.

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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 27 - Mugello MotoGP, and WorldSBK at Sepang and Donington

As the motorcycle racing season heats up, Neil Morrison and Steve English bring a very timely edition of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Episode 27 starts off with the inevitable long look at the rider market, after the recent rash of official announcements. Steve and Neil break down the reasons for Maverick Viñales going to Yamaha, Andrea Iannone going to Suzuki, and Dani Pedrosa staying at Honda.

The rider announcements made open a new set of questions, and Steve and Neil go over the various options still left for riders, including the fate of the Espargaro brothers. They then go on to take a look at the three scintillating races held at Mugello, where the winning margin was little more than a bike length in all three classes. After MotoGP, it is time to discuss some World Superbike action, with Neil and Steve talking about the events at Sepang, and looking forward to the British round at Donington Park.

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: 
6
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 26 - Pippa Laverty, Life Beside a Rider

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something rather special. At Jerez, David Emmett spoke to Pippa Laverty, the wife and long-time partner of Aspar Ducati rider Eugene Laverty (and yes, that's Aspar Ducati, not Avintia, as I mistakenly said in the introduction). 

Pippa answers a range of reader questions and gives us a fascinating insight into the life of a rider's partner. She talks about the demands of travel, of the things she does to help Eugene relax during a race weekend, and how she copes with the stress of watching the man she loves doing something so dangerous, and something he so obviously loves. It is a great perspective, and a view which is not often seen by many. It was a wonderful conversation, and Pippa was generous and open in her answers.

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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 25 - Who Gets the Yamaha Ride, and Reviewing Le Mans

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and it should be no surprise that the second seat at Yamaha is the main topic of conversation. Neil Morrison, Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber, and David Emmett discuss the stories that emerged around the second Yamaha seat in some depth.

At the time of recording, there were strong and viable reports that Dani Pedrosa would take the seat instead of Maverick Viñales, though it now looks like it will be Viñales who gets the seat after allWe delve into the background of the news, and speculate on where it may have come from and why it got reported the way it did, and talk a little about the role of the media.

Of course, there were also three races at Le Mans, and we discuss them at some length. We wonder about tires, and what effect they had on the number of crashes. We muse on the effect that Marc Marquez' crash had on the championship. And we marvel at Danilo Petrucci's great ride to finish the race, despite a hand the shape of a tennis ball.

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: 
6
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 24 - Reviewing Jerez, and Examining Lorenzo's Ducati Switch

The Jerez round of MotoGP left us with plenty to talk about, and so episode 24 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is a long one - even after the edits. Regulars Neil Morrison and David Emmett are joined by Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber to chew over the excitement of the race and the goings on behind the scenes, and at the test afterwards.

Obviously, there was an intriguing race with Valentino Rossi taking victory in barnstorming fashion. But the big news was Jorge Lorenzo's move to Ducati, which is going to have a major impact on who goes where in the rest of the field. We run through various scenarios of who we expect to move.

There were also some pretty strong performances elsewhere, as well as two great races in Moto2 and Moto3. We take a look at the wins by Brad Binder and Sam Lowes, and also discuss whether the Moto2 class needs to change, and if so, how.

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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 23 - Monster Argentina & Austin Wrap Up, Lorenzo Discussion

Episode 23 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is here. In the latest episode, Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber leads the conversation between Neil Morrison and MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett, in which we take a quick look back at Argentina and discuss the Austin round of MotoGP. 

There was plenty to talk about. First, the chaos on the grid at Argentina, and the constantly changing time schedule, as well as the tire situation which caused the problems in the first place. Then the race at Austin, with myriad crashes and an unsurprising winner. Of course we also cover the Lorenzo to Ducati move, as well as taking a look at how that affects the rest of Silly Season. And finally, we take a quick glance at Moto2 and Moto3, celebrating Khairul Idham Pawi's astounding win, and asking what happened to him at Austin.

The episode was recorded at Suzuki's private test at Austin on Monday, so it is set against the backdrop of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales howling past every so often on the Suzuki GSX-RR. It's a long show, but an interesting one.

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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 22 - Looking Forward To Argentina And Aragon

In the midst of a massive software upgrade for MotoMatters.com, David Emmett took time out to record another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast with Stephen English. Despite the absence of Neil Morrison, who is on his way to Argentina, and Tony Goldsmith, who was taking photos of other kinds of motorcycles, Steve and David managed to fill three quarters of an hour of chat about the upcoming racing this weekend.

As usual, we covered a lot of topics in our preview of Argentina, discussing the possible effect which the tires and electronics may have. This will be an even bigger factor in Argentina, as this is the first track MotoGP visits where they haven't already tested. We talk about the sense of choosing Michele Pirro over Casey Stoner to replace the injured Danilo Petrucci at Pramac, and take a look at Moto2 and Moto3 as well. We also cast a quick glance ahead to Aragon, where the World Superbike series will be racing this weekend, giving fans an action-packed weekend of motorcycle racing action.

The other major topic of debate is the future of winglets and aerodynamics. We discuss why Dorna wants them outlawed, and why doing so is not as simple as it seems. We also talk about the complexities of aerodynamics on a racing motorcycle, and how it isn't anywhere near as simple as in racing cars.

Finally, one last note: there will be an event at Austin, where you can come and meet the Paddock Pass Podcast crew, as well as Scott Jones, MotoMatters.com's star photographer, and Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber. The meet up will be an informal affair, and will happen on Friday night at The Handlebar, on 5th Street in downtown Austin. More details of the event are up on Facebook.  

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: 
2016

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