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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 107: Yamaha's Return To Glory At Assen

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.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 105: Last-Corner Controversy At Jerez

After a controversial end to the first WorldSBK race at Jerez, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sat down to discuss the events of the Saturday. They kick off with a discussion of the clash between Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, in which Rea hit Lowes, causing the Yamaha rider to crash. They then have a long discussion of why Alvaro Bautista is so fast on the Ducati Panigale V4R, and how much of that is down to understanding how to use the Pirellis.

That naturally leads to a discussion of why Chaz Davies is struggling with the Ducati Panigale, and what Ducati are doing to help the other Ducati riders improve. Yamaha have already gone through that with the Yamaha YZF-R1, and Steve and Gordo examine how the Yamaha riders have changed their styles to succeed, as Michael van der Mark demonstrated all weekend. Then there's a discussion of where Kawasaki stands at the moment, as well as how much improvement BMW have made, and how they are struggling with the engine limits, an issue which can affect the Ten Kate Yamaha squad, as they have made their names as engine tuners.

There's a debate over the process by which Rea's penalty was imposed, and then Steve interviews SMR BMW rider Tom Sykes.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
6
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 104: Mugello Serves Up A Treat

The Italian Grand Prix at Mugello turned into a real thriller, which came down to the last lap. That gave the Paddock Pass Podcast crew plenty to chew over. Sitting in the Tuscan sunshine, Neil Morrison and David Emmett were joined by top French journalist, Moto Journal's Thomas Baujard to discuss the race and its implications.

We kick off with a discussion of Danilo Petrucci's stunning win, beating Marc Marquez and factory Ducati teammate Andrea Dovizioso to the line. We examine how Petrucci pulled it off, and what effect it will have both on Petrucci's future, and on the dynamic in the team. We ponder Honda's situation, with Marc Marquez clearly capable of pulling off superb results on the 2019 Honda RC213V which others are struggling to match, and we talk about Jorge Lorenzo's trip to Japan, to speak directly with the HRC engineers about finding a riding position which suits him.

We naturally discuss the Suzuki, and how Alex Rins is able to do just about anything he likes with the Suzuki GSX-RR, except out-accelerate a Ducati or Honda, perhaps. We also talk about the hole which Yamaha find themselves in, and what they need to dig themselves out of it.

Finally, we wrap up as always with our winners and losers of the Italian Grand Prix.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
6
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 103: Le Mans Review - How To Stop Marquez

In the second Paddock Pass Podcast in two days, this episode comes to you from a cafe inside the railway station at Le Mans, where Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down to discuss the French Grand Prix while they waited for their train to Paris and home. There was plenty to talk about.

The big topic of discussion was of course Marc Marquez, and a seemingly dominant third victory from five races at a track he hasn't usually gone well at. Neil and David talk about how Marquez won, how he has adapted his riding style to the 2019 Honda RC213V, and how he has used that to his advantage. But his new riding style is also a chink in his armor, and we talk about how his rivals might try to beat him in future races.

We also discuss Ducati, how the fact that the Italian factory took second through fourth place means they had a good weekend, but the fact they couldn't beat Marc Marquez also meant they had a worse weekend. We explain why Jack Miller dropped behind Andrea Dovizioso, and ask whether Danilo Petrucci's podium was enough for him to lay claim to the factory Ducati seat in 2020.

We go on to talk about Yamaha, about how Valentino Rossi got everything he could out of the factory Yamaha M1, but how that was only good enough for fifth place. We discuss what Yamaha needs to be able to match the Honda and the Ducati, and whether they can get it before the end of the year.

We also discuss KTM, and Pol Espargaro's excellent sixth place finish, less than six seconds behind Marc Marquez. We debate whether the carbon fiber swingarm was a revolution in the KTM's performance, and what it means going forward. And finally, we give our winners and losers from the French Grand Prix.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
5
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 102: Rea Strikes Back At Imola WorldSBK

With Jonathan Rea finally beating Alvaro Bautista in the WorldSBK race at Imola, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie had plenty to talk about in episode 102 of the Paddock Pass Podcast. First of all, they dive into the question of why it was that Rea managed to outclass Bautista at Imola, and whether it was the track or the conditions or Bautista's lack of familiarity with the track.

They discuss Chaz Davies' adaptation to the Ducati Panigale V4R, and what the difference was at Imola compared to earlier races. As they recorded the podcast on Sunday morning before the race was canceled, they discuss how difficult Imola is as a circuit, and how tricky it can be in the wet. They touch on Tommy Bridewell filling in for the sadly injured Eugene Laverty, which leads into a further discussion of the V4R, and even presage today's announcement by the FIM that the Endurance World Championship will allow the bike to be raced in the championship, opening up the possibility of racing at the Suzuka 8 Hour race.

They talk about Kawasaki and Yamaha, and the battle between Leon Haslam, Michael van der Mark, and Toprak Razgatlioglu. They then go on to talk about the situation at Kawasaki, and where the ZX-10RR stands at the moment. There's a discussion of who will be alongside Jonathan Rea next year, and an examination of just how strong Rea was at Imola. And they finish up with an interview with Kawasaki rider Leon Haslam.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
5
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 101: The Jerez Special

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast features Neil Morrison and David Emmett going over the fascinating events of Jerez. There was so much to talk about after that race, as well as the Monday test.

Neil and David go through the race, and look at Marc Marquez' victory in Spain, and ask what this means for the championship. We of course spend a lot of time on Fabio Quartararo, the disaster he suffered during the race after becoming the youngest ever polesitter, and whether this means the Frenchman is a genuine future star.

We also talk about Suzuki and Alex Rins, and whether he can be a championship contender. And we ponder whether the strong showing by all four Yamahas at Jerez mean that the Japanese factory have fixed their problem. We also talk a little about KTM and their woes, more particularly of Johann Zarco and his failure to adapt. Finally, we take a look at what got tested at the Monday test, and review our winners and losers of the weekend.

The show also features snippets of Jorge Lorenzo, Fabio Quartararo, and Johann Zarco.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
4
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 99: All Things Austin - Suzuki Wins Again, Honda's Woes, Yamaha's Strength, And The Future Of The US GP

On the day after the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered in the front room of their Airbnb to talk over the events of an exciting weekend. Jensen Beeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett debate Suzuki's first win, the problems at Honda, the future of the US round of MotoGP, and much more.

We kick off the podcast singing the praises of Alex Rins and Suzuki, after the Spaniard took Suzuki's first win in MotoGP since 2016. We talk both about how highly rated Rins is by his fellow riders, and how he is regarded as a genuine title threat, but also about how the Suzuki improved to become competitive.

We then move on to ponder the situation Honda found itself in at Austin, with Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow crashing out, while Jorge Lorenzo suffered another mechanical issue. We also discuss the outstanding performances of both Valentino Rossi and Jack Miller, asking whether Valentino Rossi could finally win a tenth MotoGP title, and if Miller can take the second factory Ducati seat alongside Andrea Dovizioso next year.

We had a long conversation about the bumps at the Circuit of the Americas, and what they mean for the future of the race at the circuit, and in the US. We examine what alternatives MotoGP has should they choose to leave COTA, and the importance of a US round of MotoGP for the series. We also sing the praises of the MotoAmerica series, which was running alongside MotoGP in Austin.

Spurred on by these considerations, we ponder the future of TV deals, and where the MotoGP.com video package fits in with the future of streaming services, especially as Dorna have also done a deal with DAZN in Spain. What effect will that have, and is the price point of the MotoGP and WorldSBK video packages too high?

We discuss the jump starts by Joan Mir and Maverick Viñales, and wonder how Viñales could make the mistake he did. We also ask whether he could have been in the battle for the race win if he hadn't made that mistake.

Finally, we wrap up with our winners and losers, which includes a debate on whether Jorge Lorenzo will succeed at Honda or not.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
3
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 98: Taking Stock Of Argentina - False Starts And MSMA Aerodynamics Arguments

It's a busy time for the Paddock Pass Podcast crew. Hot on the heels of the Aragon WorldSBK edition comes a look back at the MotoGP round in Argentina, and a look ahead to Austin. Jensen Beeler leads a discussion with Neil Morrison and David Emmett of the fallout from the Argentina round.

We kick off with a look at Marc Marquez' domination of the race, and the battle for second behind the Repsol Honda rider. We ponder just how close MotoGP is at the moment, and how the level of equipment and and riders is very equal. We talk about the battle between Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi, and the tactics the two used to approach the race.

That leads on to a discussion of Cal Crutchlow's penalty for a false start, and whether the ride through penalty was unfair. We ask whether there could be a better solution, and weigh up alternative options for both assessing a penalty, and different punishments for a false start.

We also talk about the rules around aerodynamics, and the toxic effect that is having on the MSMA, the manufacturers association charged with drawing up the technical regulations. We ask whether the rules could be fixed, and have a philosophical discussion of the role of aerodynamics in racing. Jensen weighs in with his view on how racing R&D can trickle down to production bikes, and whether that will happen with MotoGP aerodynamics.

We finish up the podcast with a look ahead at the race in Austin, and ask if there is anyone who can stop Marc Marquez. And if there isn't, who we expect to be in the fight for second, and what effect that will have on 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 Apple Podcasts or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
2
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 97: Steve And Gordo Talk WorldSBK At Aragon

It's a busy time for racing, with WorldSBK back in Europe and MotoGP in the Americas. In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie get together to discuss the Aragon round of WorldSBK.

They start off with a discussion of how close the race for second has become, given that Alvaro Bautista is, for the moment at least, uncatchable. Steve and Gordo talk about the progress BMW have made with the new bike, and the updates being brought to Aragon, and how BMW are using the WorldSBK series as a development platform for the S1000RR.

Steve and Gordo then take a look at the situation in Yamaha, comparing how Michael van der Mark is stacking up with his teammate Alex Lowes. They also go into the effect which Marco Melandri has had on the Yamaha setup, with the GRT Yamaha now joining the Pata Yamaha team in WorldSBK. They also evaluate how the Ten Kate team and Loris Baz might do on the Yamaha R1 when they join the series. Gordo goes into some depth on the history of Ten Kate, and how they have impacted the WorldSBK championship in the past.

After a quick discussion on Jonathan Rea, the podcast wraps up with an interview with Pata Yamaha rider Michael van der Mark.

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
3
year: 
2019

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 96: A Deep Dive Into Ducati's Swing Arm Spoiler

After the MotoGP Court of Appeal announced their decision on the legality of Ducati's swing arm spoiler, and ahead of this weekend's Argentinian round of MotoGP, Steve English and David Emmett get together to chew the whole thing over for another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast.

Naturally, the decision on Ducati's spoiler is at the center of the episode. We take a deep dive into the whole subject, going through the process of what happened, and how the appeal ended up in Switzerland at the MotoGP Court of Appeal. We discuss how the rules are made in MotoGP, and what the whole thing means for the future of rule making in the series. We talk about why Ducati's spoiler was ruled legal, and why Aprilia's was not. And we debate how much of a factor Aprilia's Massimo Rivola, who joined from F1, had in the dispute ending up in the Court. Is this an F1 habit, or was this just an argument waiting to happen whoever was in charge?

After that, we take a brief look ahead at the next round of MotoGP in Argentina. Can Andrea Dovizioso hold on to his championship lead? What can we expect from Marc Marquez? Will the Yamahas be competitive? Or could Alex Rins get his first win in MotoGP?

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 or Soundcloud. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please remember to 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: 
1
year: 
2019

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