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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 117: Misano MotoGP - Dawn Of A New Era?

On Monday morning after Misano, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down at a cafe in Borgo Panigale to discuss the events of the Misano round of MotoGP. As always, there was a lot to talk about. The big story was of course Fabio Quartararo and Marc Marquez, and the rekindling of the rivalry which has enlivened the 2019 season. So naturally, we had a lot to say on that subject.

There was plenty more to talk about, including the rekindling of a much older rivalry between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi. There was the fact that Yamahas handled the extremely low grip conditions of Misano better than any of the other manufacturers, contrary to previous races. There was the Ducati riders making do with a miserable finish. And there was controvery on the last lap of the Moto2 race, and how Race Direction handled that.

We finish off as ever with our winners and losers, with a couple of surprise choices.

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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, 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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
13
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 116: Portimao WorldSBK, Racing And Intrigue

World Superbikes returned after their long summer break, and that means that Steve English and Gordon Ritchie had time to sit down and discuss the state of play of the series at the Portuguese WorldSBK round at Portimao.

As always, there was plenty to talk about. Silly Season is in full swing in the WorldSBK series, which means everything is still up in the air and riders and riders' managers are all hard at work trying to nail down the best offer for next year. Naturally, they have a long chat about what Honda are doing for 2020, and whether Alvaro Bautista will be riding for HRC on a new bike, but they also run down the other rumors and gossip about who goes where for next year.

After the rumors, they move on to the racing, and cover what happened on track at Portimao. Fortunately, there was plenty about, with the clash between Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista in the first race, and the knock on effect that had for the remainder 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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
10
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 115: Silverstone Special - A Last-Lap Spectacular, And Answering Listener Questions

The Silverstone edition of the Paddock Pass Podcast was something a little bit special, and not just because we had three of the regulars on to talk about MotoGP. On Sunday night, Steve English sat down with Neil Morrison and David Emmett to talk over the thrilling MotoGP race at Silverstone, which culminated in that breathtaking last-lap pass.

But not only did we talk about the subjects we chose, we took questions before the show on Twitter, then streamed the whole show on Periscope live as we recorded it, taking more questions. Questions we answered included whether the Suzuki will still handle as well when it gets more horsepower, what we would do if we were Jorge Lorenzo, whether Marc Marquez is focusing more on the championship than on winning races, and much 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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
12
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 114: Women In Motorsport Conference Special - Challenges And Opportunities Facing Women In Racing

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something special. Friend of the show and Israeli TV MotoGP expert Tammy Gorali was at the first ever Women In Motorsports conference, organized by the FIM and the FIA, and there, she gathered a fascinating and diverse group of women to talk about how they view motorcycle racing, their role in it, and the challenges they face and the opportunities they see in racing.

Tammy had journalist and former team manager and PR officer Vanessa Guerra, FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director and former snowmobile racer Nita Korhonen, MotoAmerica racer Shelina Moreda, and MotoE and WorldSSP racer Maria Herrera on the show to give their perspective on both the conference and racing.

It produced some fascinating insights. Nita Korhonen talked about the paradox of being in a job for which the objective is to make it unnecessary. Vanessa Guerra talks about the difficulty of running a team as a woman. Both Shelina Moreda and Maria Herrera had interesting points to make about the physical challenges presented by racing motorcycles as a woman: smaller hands making operating clutch levers designed for male hands more difficult, positioning footpegs and bars correctly being more difficult on a production bike rather than a prototype, such as a MotoGP or Moto2 bike, and how leathers manufacturers are failing to produce leathers which fit the female anatomy properly.

It was a great conversation, above all about their passion for motorcycle racing. All five women talked about how deeply they are committed to motorsports, and how they want to share that passion with other women, as well as men. They talk about the opportunities presented by this first Women in Motorsports conference, but also about the shortcomings, and what could be done to improve things.

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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 113: Austria MotoGP - Off-Track Drama Obscures Classic Duel

The morning after a thrilling and intense battle at the Red Bull Ring, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down in a garden in Austria to review the race and the drama which surrounded it. There was a lot to talk about.

The scale of the drama at the race meant we had to tackle the off-track stuff first. The huge news came on Sunday night, that Johann Zarco asked to be released from his contract with KTM for 2020, and will not be riding the bike next season. We talk about how Zarco came to his decision, what changed his mind, what his options are, and what KTM's options are for replacing him.

The Zarco news managed to overshadow what would normally have been a bombshell in its own right, that Jorge Lorenzo was looking for a way out of his contract, and talking to Ducati about a switch to the Pramac team for 2020, or possibly a ride with the factory squad in 2021. There were also rumors linking Lorenzo the Petronas Yamaha team. We delve into that next, and talk about the effect it had on Jack Miller, and how the situation returned to normal by the end of Sunday evening.

There was a race, of course, and we talk about that as well. About how Andrea Dovizioso beat Marc Marquez again, about whether the fact that Marquez still hasn't won at the Red Bull Ring troubles him, and what it all means for the championship. We finish off as always with our winners and losers.

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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
11
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 112: Brno MotoGP Race - Is Marquez Making MotoGP Monotonous?

On Tuesday after the Brno round of MotoGP, and after the test on Monday, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down to record another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Marc Marquez extended his lead with a dominant performance at Brno, building on a win at Sachsenring to take an advantage of 63 points in the championship. In fact, Marquez has extended his lead after every race since taking the championship lead at Jerez.

Taking all this in consideration, we take a long look at the state of the MotoGP championship, and ask whether Marc Marquez is making the racing boring. Is there anyone who can challenge Marquez, and if not, why not? We discuss what has changed after last year's scintillating races, and how the 2019 Honda allowed Marquez to change his approach and dominate from start to finish.

After that, we have a long chat about the state Yamaha, and what needs to be done to make the M1 competitive. We take a look at testing, who was testing what, and the response of the Yamaha riders to their first taste of the 2020 M1 prototype at the Brno test.

We then take a look at the situation in Moto2, and the wild rumors which are emerging there. Neil explains Alex Marquez' amazing turnaround in the 2019 season. Could Alex Marquez really leave Marc VDS? Could he end up in MotoGP in 2021? Who will take his place in Marc VDS? And what is going on with the VR46 Riders Academy, after Dennis Foggia, Lorenzo Baldassarri, and Nicolo Bulega all leave the academy.

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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
10
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 111: The Suzuka 8 Hour Aftermath Show - Triumph And Farce

The Suzuka 8 Hour race turned into one of the most exciting races we have seen in any series in the past couple of decades, with three teams fighting for the lead for lap after lap for the full 8 hour duration. Or nearly the full 8 hours: the last 10 minutes of the race supplied enough drama to fill an entire bookcase.

The day after the race, as the dust was starting to settle, our man on the ground, Steve English, got on the phone to Jensen Beeler to talk through a momentous race. There was a huge amount to discuss, including those closing minutes, the confusion over the rules, and the chaos and confusion over who would eventually emerge victorious.

Steve and Jensen go over whether the right team won the race, and the relative strengths of the Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha factory teams. And of course, they give a run down of the FIM EWC championship, which was decided in those fateful last minutes, with the Suzuki SERT team one of the main players in both the drama at the end of the race in the championship battle.

This year's Suzuka 8 Hour race was one for the ages, and you will really want to listen to this deep dive into the events of the 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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 110: The Suzuka 8 Hour Preview

With the legendary Suzuka 8 Hour race due to start in a few hours time, there's a chance to get up to speed on the movers and shakers of the event with the Suzuka preview edition of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Steve English and Jensen Beeler sit down to discuss what to expect at the race.

The big question is whether Yamaha can continue their reign at Suzuka, Honda's home circuit. Will the title-winning trio of Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark, and Katsuyuki Nakasuga be able to retain their title again? Or will the very strong factory line ups at Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Honda finally push them off their throne? Steve and Jensen go through all the various factory line ups, and the effort which the manufacturers have put into breaking the domination of Yamaha at the 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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 109: The WorldSBK Turned Upside Down At Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca saw the pendulum swing even further in Jonathan Rea's favor in the World Superbike championship. With Bautista posting three DNFs in all three races at the US circuit, Rea took a commanding, and possibly insurmountable lead in the title chase.

As always, Steve English sat down with Gordon Ritchie to discuss the events at the US round of WorldSBK. What has happened to Alvaro Bautista? How has Jonathan Rea gone from underdog to holding a commanding lead? And has Chaz Davies finally cracked the secrets of the Ducati Panigale V4R? Steve and Gordo discuss 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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
9
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 108: Rea Takes Charge Of World Superbikes At Donington

The Donington Park WorldSBK round turned out to be something of a turning point. Jonathan Rea took over the lead of the championship from Alvaro Bautista, after the Aruba.it Ducati rider had seemed unbeatable in the first part of the season.

To discuss this momentous point in the championship, WorldSBK experts Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sat down on Saturday at the UK round of WorldSBK at Donington Park. They obviously spend a lot of the podcast talking about where Alvaro Bautista lost out and how Jonathan Rea managed to take over, and how they expect to see this play out in the rest of the season. 

As well as the Bautista/Rea situation, Steve and Gordo find time to run through some of the other major developments at the UK WorldSBK round. They take a look at BMW, how Tom Sykes is starting to find his feet, and how well Peter Hickman did filling in for the injured Markus Reiterberger. They take a look ahead to Laguna Seca, and how that might play out.

Finally, Steve talks at some length to Eugene Laverty, currently riding for the Go Eleven Ducati team. Laverty talks about the bike, his injury, and much 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 Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud we even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
8
year: 
2019

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