On Monday morning, before heading home and then on to the Sachsenring, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down with Adam Wheeler of On-Track Off-Road to talk about the Dutch TT at Assen for an episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.
There was plenty of stuff to talk about. Naturally, we talked about how the Yamahas were dominant, with Maverick Viñales taking a well-deserved win. We discuss the performance of Fabio Quartararo - two poles and two podiums in two consecutive races - and how arm pump surgery affected the way the Frenchman rode the bike. We discuss the difficulty the Yamahas had getting past the Honda of Marc Marquez, and how the different bikes make their lap time in different ways.
The success of the Yamahas - Franco Morbidelli scored a fifth-place finish, making it three Yamahas in the top five - provided a stark contrast to the weekend of Valentino Rossi, who missed out on Q2 and crashed out of the race, at a track he loves. We discuss whether this was just a bad weekend, or signs of actual decline.
We go on to discuss the seeming inevitability of Marc Marquez taking the 2019 MotoGP title, and how he is achieving just that. That naturally leads into a discussion of Marquez' challengers, and why the Ducatis struggled at the Dutch circuit.
We also take a long look at the situation in KTM, contrasting the dogged determination of Pol Espargaro, who rode with a severely swollen and painful hand, with Johann Zarco, who pulled out of the race with arm pump symptoms. We wonder what the future of Zarco is, and what KTM's options are.
We finish out the episode with our winners and losers, before we all headed off to the next race.
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