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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 188: Who Is Number 1 In The Petronas Yamaha Team?

With the launch of the Petronas team spread over the first part of this week, the Paddock Pass Podcast People take a look at one of the most intriguing teams in MotoGP. With Franco Morbidelli on the 2019-spec bike which took him to second place in 2020, and the arrival of Valentino Rossi, what is in store for the satellite Yamaha squad? And how will they fare in Moto2 and Moto3?

Adam Wheeler, Steve English, and David Emmett mull over what the various team members said during the various presentations and debriefs. They talk about the likelihood of Petronas remaining a Yamaha satellite squad, and what the arrival of a VR46 team in MotoGP would mean. They discuss the frictions between Petronas and Yamaha, and whether they have been resolved. They wonder who is the number 1 rider in Petronas, and whether the notion of a number 1 rider even makes any sense.

We also hear from Franco Morbidelli and his hopes for 2021, and we discuss what to expect from Jake Dixon and Xavi Vierge in Moto2, and John McPhee and Darryn Binder in Moto3. We answer some listener questions, Adam explains how riding the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 means he can't lift his arms any more, and David denies he is about to pursue a career on Tiktok.

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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 186: Remembering Fausto Gresini, And Reviewing The Honda Launches This Week

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast was recorded shortly after the sad news of Fausto Gresini's death was made public, and so the first thing Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett do is pay tribute to the former 125 world champion and team manager. We take a brief look at his history in the Grand Prix racing, and what he meant for the sport. If you would like to get a fuller picture of the man, there is also this obituary by Mat Oxley on Motor Sport Magazine.

From there, we turn our attention to the Honda launches which happened this week. The big news was of course the Repsol Honda launch, the first time the media got to speak to Marc Marquez since he was forced to withdraw from the Jerez 2 round back in July 2020. We assess what he told us, how he views injury, and whether he will be a force to reckon within 2021.

We also look at the other side of the garage, and ask how Pol Espargaro will get on in the Repsol Honda squad. We discuss the LCR Honda launches, debate the merits of the various liveries, and argue over whether Alex Marquez will finish ahead or behind Pol Espargaro in the championship standings. We ask whether Takaaki Nakagami's objective to fight for podiums and wins is realistic. And we answer some questions from Patreon supporters.

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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 186: MotoGP Launch Season - What We Have Seen So Far

We are right in the middle of launch season, so the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gather to discuss what they think of the show so far. And it has been quite the show: with Covid-19 preventing the normal sponsor-focused gatherings, the launches have been very online indeed. And so far, KTM, Yamaha, and Ducati have all had very different approaches to what an online launch should be.

Some of those approaches have been more successful than others. Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, Steve English, and David Emmett all try to suppress their cynicism about the launches. And for the most part, they fail miserably. We talk about Yamaha, and their use of a backdrop apparently crafted on a PS2 to showcase the bikes, Ducati's behind-the-scenes faux documentary, and KTM's mercifully short scripted launch.

Fortunately, there were also in-depth debriefs with the media as well. We feature a couple of clips from Gigi Dall'Igna and Lin Jarvis, and talk about what the launches mean for the future. We ask whether Yamaha have solved their engine issues from last year, and whether they can be more consistent in 2021. We discuss Ducati's pivot to youth, while also asking, if this is Jack Miller's seventh MotoGP season, can he still be classed as a young rider? We  talk about KTM's talent pipeline. And we debate how the satellite teams might look in 2022, if teams start swapping manufacturers, and who might get which bikes.

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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 185: MotoGP Without Marquez, WorldSBK Without Rea

2020 was a strange year in MotoGP: without Marc Marquez, the championship was suddenly wide open. This prompted a debate among the Paddock Pass Podcast crew: what will MotoGP and WorldSBK look like without the two riders who have dominated the championship over the past few seasons?

In this episode, Steve English, Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett ponder this point. Was 2020 a representative season in MotoGP? What caused so many different winners and podium sitters in MotoGP? Was Marc Marquez' crash inevitable? And will he win another championship? Will another rider emerge to dominate like Marquez has, or will there be more different winners over a season, with consistency being more important.

The crew also turn their attention to the World Superbike championship, and consider a future without the six-time champion. Will Ducati rule the roost once again with Jonathan Rea gone? Will Honda take over, with Alvaro Bautista? Will BMW or Yamaha take control?

Neil Morrison adds a little bit of historical perspective, looking at what happened in the past when dominant riders disappeared. Adam Wheeler compares MotoGP to MXGP, and how Tony Cairoli has reigned over the sport, winning sympathy when he came back from injury. The crew discuss the role of ambition and drive in how riders dominate. And we have a special guest appearance from World Superbike and British Superbike champion Neil Hodgson, who gives us his thoughts on the future of the two championships without their dominant riders.

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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 184: Who Has The Most To Prove In 2021?

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast looks ahead to the challenges of 2021. Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett discuss who has the most to prove in 2021, and what they have to do to live up to expectations.

There are plenty of candidates to choose from. In the light of the news that Brno would not be hosting MotoGP or WorldSBK, the crew discuss the challenges faced by the circuits, the promoters, and by Dorna, and how they will balance their interests to still put on a season of racing. They discuss whether Jack Miller or Fabio Quartararo has the most to prove in moving to a factory team, they talk about what Yamaha, and especially Lin Jarvis, have to prove, after years of not winning a championship.

The crew also take a look at Maverick Viñales, and what to expect from him, and then debate whether expectations are heavier on the Aruba Ducati team in WorldSBK, or on lead rider Scott Redding. And no discussion of WorldSBK is complete without a look at what to expect of Jonathan Rea.

They go on to answer a few questions from Paddock Pass Podcast patrons, including which manufacturer they believe belongs in MotoGP, which team or rider doesn't belong in MotoGP (or doesn't deserve to any more), and whether motorcycle racing needs a women-only series like the W Series in car racing.

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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 183: Your Questions Answered

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, the crew answer some of your questions. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and Adam Wheeler take a deep dive into some of the burning questions on your mind. 

Among the questions answered: Is Valentino Rossi a spent force? Should he retire or is he still capable of winning? Should Honda sign Andrea Dovizioso to replace Marc Marquez if Marquez can't ride in 2021, or should they stick with Stefan Bradl? What happens to Suzuki now without Davide Brivio? Can they succeed and find a replacement? And finally, what is the value of a test team and how has it changed over the years? The crew explain how the importance of test riders has increased and expanded over the years.

Finally, Adam Wheeler gives a quick update on the Supercross season, how it is going so far and what to expect next.

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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 182: What Triumph Has Meant For Moto2

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is a special edition focusing on Moto2. Moto2 commentator Neil Morrison is joined by WorldSBK commentator Steve English and On Track Off Road's Adam Wheeler to discuss the state of the Moto2 championship, and the effect the switch to Triumph engines has had on the series.

After a few thoughts on the series, Neil Morrison interviews Triumph's Chief Product Officer Steve Sargent about their involvement in Moto2. Sargent talks about why Triumph got involved, the pressure they were under in terms of reliability, and the sales and marketing benefits they have seen from their involvement. Sargent also explains some of the logic behind Dorna's remit to Triumph in creating the 765 Moto2 engine, including allowing for an expanded role for electronics, to help prepare engineers and crew chiefs for MotoGP, as well as riders.

Then, Neil, Steve, and Adam debate the state of Moto2. Who they see as rising stars, the impact Triumph engines have had, and the effect KTM's withdrawal has had on the state of the class.

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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 179: Joan Mir Interview And Season Review

The final episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast sees the year reach a fitting conclusion: with a look back and exclusive interview with the surprise 2020 MotoGP champion, Joan Mir. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and Neil Morrison examine the season Mir had, Joan Mir talks about the championship, and his manager, Paco Sanchez, explains how Mir got to be in a position to win the title.

After a few introductory thoughts, Neil Morrison talks to Paco Sanchez, who tells the story of how Joan Mir got to MotoGP, from a surprisingly modest background and against the odds. Then Neil interviews Joan Mir himself, and the 2020 champion talks about how he saw the season, how he exceeded his own expectations, the precautions he had to take because of the Covid-19 pandemic and how that created extra obstacles for him, and what he expects from Marc Marquez once the former world champion returns.

Steve, Adam, and Neil then dig into Suzuki's season and Joan Mir's championship, discussing how Mir went about winning, the state of Suzuki in 2020, and whether this is a sign of a rider on the rise or a one-off success. They also look back at what the Paddock Pass Podcast crew said prior to the season starting, and whether that still stands up at the end of 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 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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 178: 2020 MotoGP Factory Review - KTM And Aprilia

With the holiday season almost upon us, the Paddock Pass Podcast wraps up its manufacturer review of the 2020 MotoGP season. Neil Morrison and Adam Wheeler finish up their look back at this strange year in MotoGP with an analysis of how KTM and Aprilia have fared.

They start with KTM. It has truly been a revolutionary year for the Austrian factory, the season they went from fighting for top ten positions to regularly winning races and finishing on the podium. They discuss the remarkable progress of rookie Brad Binder, the hard work done by Pol Espargaro, and the test team. They draw parallels between KTM's previous experience in the offroad sector to the MotoGP project, and talk in depth about how Dani Pedrosa and the test team helped KTM make that huge leap forward. And they evaluate all of KTM's riders, including the exceptional Miguel Oliveira and the raw talent of Iker Lecuona.

They then move to Aprilia, and ponder the Italian factory's progress through the year. They discuss the RS-GP MotoGP machine, Aleix Espargaro's performance through the year, and how Andrea Iannone's doping case cast a long shadow over their season. They talk about what it meant for Bradley Smith, who went from test rider to full-time rider without much time to prepare mentally. And they look at what it means for the future.

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!

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 177: 2020 WorldSBK Season Review - Steve And Gordo Look Back With Fondness

After two episodes looking back at MotoGP, it's time for the WorldSBK arm of the Paddock Pass Podcast to take a long look at the year in World Superbikes. Steve English and Gordo Ritchie discuss everything that happened in what turned out to be a fascinating and wild year in the premier production series.

They start off with a look at what happened to Ducati. Scott Redding made a huge impact on arrival in the class, but his challenge waxed and waned as the year went on. Steve and Gordo examine what the strengths of the Ducati and Redding were, and where they fell short. They discuss how the season played out for Chaz Davies and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, and what it all means for 2021.

Next they turn to Kawasaki, and Jonathan Rea's sixth WorldSBK title. It wasn't as easy as it had been in previous years, but Steve and Gordo dissect the success of Rea, crew chief Pere Riba, and the Provec squad running Kawasaki's Superbike effort. They also ponder what the arrival of the new ZX-10RR means for 2021.

The Paddock Pass Podcast crew then run through the results of the other manufacturers in WorldSBK. They take a look at how Yamaha fared, and what we can expect from Toprak Razgatlioglu next year. They ponder Honda, and whether the CBR1000RR-R is a competitive enough package. They talk about BMW, and whether the M designation for the BMW M1000RR will make a difference to its competitiveness. And they wrap up with a look at how despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the WorldSBK series still managed to put on a superb show in 2020.

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!

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