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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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 21 - Racing Again! A Review of Qatar

The Paddock Pass Podcast reaches another milestone. If its twenty-one podcast episodes were years, then the Paddock Pass Podcast would be old enough to buy a drink once it hits town in Austin.

In this, the podcast of its majority, Neil Morrison, Steve English and David Emmett gather to discuss the events of the opening round of the 2016 Grand Prix season at Qatar. There was plenty to talk about, of course, so we cover a fair amount of ground. First, we go through the results of the MotoGP race, and discuss how the switch to Michelins and spec electronics have affected the racing. Then we take a look at Silly Season, and talk about the signings of Valentino Rossi, Bradley Smith and Johann Zarco, and how they affect the rest of the market.

Of course, the debacle at the start of the Moto2 race is a major subject for debate, and we talk about where that all went wrong, and whether it was fair or not. And finally, we have a few words on the Moto3 class, and who impressed us most at the start of an action packed 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: 
1
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 20 - Reviewing the Qatar Test and Looking Forward to 2016

Episode 20 of the Paddock Pass Podcast has just hit the internet, just in time for the start of the 2016 season. As usual, there is plenty to talk about, and David Emmett and Tony Goldsmith grill Neil Morrison, who was at both the Qatar and Phillip Island MotoGP tests, and Steve English, who was at Phillip Island, about the progress made by the MotoGP teams in their preparations for the 2016 season.

We take a look at how Honda are faring, how Suzuki have done, and of course how come Ducati has done so well. We also discuss the role which Casey Stoner is playing inside of Ducati, and how he is helping to move the bike forward. We also discuss how we feel the Marquez-Rossi rivalry might play out, a relevant subject in light of recent interviews by both Valentino Rossi, with the Gazzetta dello Sport, and Marc Marquez, with the Motorsport.com website.

With just a couple of days to go before the start of the 2016 MotoGP season, this is compulsory listening to get you ready for the upcoming 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: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 19 - World Superbikes Phillip Island Review

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, David Emmett, Tony Goldsmith, Neil Morrison and Steve English get together to discuss the opening round of World Superbikes from Phillip Island. David and Tony quiz Neil and Steve, who were both at the race, Steve in his capacity as the new commentator for the WorldSBK series live feed. In the show, we talk about whether Kawasaki are set to continue their domination of the series, after Jonathan Rea got off to a good start with a double win. We take a look at how Ducati fared, comparing the performance of Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano. We look at newcomer Yamaha, and talk about how the YZF-R1 fared in its first outing.

We also discuss how the Honda fared, and especially how WSBK rookie Nicky Hayden stacked up in his first race against the up-and-coming young Dutchman Michael van der Mark. As a bonus, David Emmett spoke to the Honda team manager Ronald ten Kate as their base in Nieuwleusen, The Netherlands, before the season started, and that interview is included in the podcast as well. Ten Kate tells us how the team's preparation for the season has gone, what they have done differently this time, and the effect Nicky Hayden is having in the team. All in all, a great show to kick the World Superbike season off.

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 18 - Reviewing The Sepang MotoGP Test

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back again. The latest episode sees David Emmett, Neil Morrison and Steve English get together to discuss the MotoGP test at Sepang, at the start of the month. 

The test gave us plenty to talk about. There was Loris Baz' massive crash, the return of Casey Stoner, a dominant performance by Jorge Lorenzo, and Honda continuing to struggle badly. We also talked about Suzuki's new bike, and how much of an improvement that was for Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaro. And of course, we also cover the Michelin tires in depth, as well as discussing what the spec or common software entails, and the effect that the combination of these has had so far during testing and could have during the season.

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!

year: 
2016

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