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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 223: Reviewing WorldSBK, And Where The Series Is Headed

In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, David Emmett joins Steve English at the Assen round of WorldSBK, to talk about the state of the championship. We discuss the rules, whether Jonathan Rea is still unbeatable, whether Pirelli should drop the qualifying tire, and just how competitive the field is. We also take a peek at the Petronas situation, and try to work out who might get a chance at the seat.

We also sit down with Pata Yamaha team boss Paul Denning. Denning talks about the success of Toprak Razgatlioglu, how the Yamaha YZF R1 has changed to make it more competitive, and the state of the rules and regulations in WorldSBK.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 222: Summer Break - Silly Season Speculation, And More

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett gather to cover some of the topics coming up over the summer break. We start off on a tangent, discussing soccer and what it means to be a fan again, and our plans for the summer, before moving on to talk about the calendar for the second half of the MotoGP season, and how a rise in Covid-19 infections might affect it.

Then we dive into the burgeoning Silly Season. We talk about who will take the seats expected to open up at Petronas Yamaha for next year, and what the team's options are. We discuss Raul Fernandez' imminent promotion to MotoGP, and what it means for KTM and their pool of talent. And we talk wildcards and replacement riders, with Cal Crutchlow set to take the place of Franco Morbidelli for the next three races, and Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa possibly making wildcard appearances for Aprilia and KTM respectively.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 221: Toprak Seizes Control Of WorldSBK In Donington

Though MotoGP is on its longest summer break in years, WorldSBK is here to carry the load through the summer. And last weekend's round of World Superbikes at Donington Park helped shake up the championship, with Toprak Razgatlioglu taking over the lead from odds-on favorite Jonathan Rea. As usual Steve English and Gordon Ritchie gather to compare notes on the weekend.

The state of the championship is where Steve and Gordo start, asking if this is a sign of Jonathan Rea's stranglehold on the WorldSBK title being broken at last, or whether the 6-time world champion's crash was just a slip up, and whether Razgatlioglu is capable of challenging Rea consistently. They also discuss BMW's strong weekend, with podiums for both Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark, and they take a look at the difficulties Ducati faced at Donington Park, and what it means for the title chances of Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

The news that Toprak Razgatlioglu had signed up with Yamaha for two more years also marked the start of silly season for WorldSBK, and Steve and Gordo discuss the Yamaha rider's decision to stay in WorldSBK rather than switch to MotoGP, and they run through the options for the other riders and teams. Will Yamaha make any changes to its teams? What happens with Honda? Will Scott Redding stick with Ducati, and will Ducati stick with Scott Redding?

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 220: Moto2 And Moto3 At Assen

Though the Assen MotoGP race and its fallout raised the most talking points, the Moto2 and Moto3 races left plenty to discuss as well. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, David Emmett, and a windswept Neil Morrison gathered to discuss the events of the Moto2 and Moto3 races, and what they might mean over the summer break.

The crew start off the Follow Up Show Fueled By Marc VDS Racing with the winner, Raul Fernandez, and what his future might hold. They discuss what he said himself about where his future lies - in Moto2 with the Ajo KTM team - and the rumors placing him in both the Tech3 KTM team and the Petronas Yamaha squad.

We go on to talk about the Moto2 race, and how it played out, including a fine return to form by Augusto Fernandez. And we debate the Moto3 race at Assen, how Pedrosa Acosta went quite literally from his hospital bed to finish fourth, and the way the race turned into a fight among the best riders on the day, with the weaker riders not able to benefit from the slipstream.

Please excuse the sound quality of some of the podcast. It was not recorded under ideal conditions, with Neil Morrison's audio in particular an issue. The content more than makes up for the sound issues though.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 219: The Assen Maverick Viñales Bonanza Edition

The Assen round of MotoGP brought the shock news of Maverick Viñales' sudden departure from Yamaha. So on Monday, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett got together to discuss what that means for Viñales, for Yamaha, and to look back at the MotoGP race at Assen.

We kick off with the big news about Maverick Viñales. We discuss the background to his departure, why he decided to leave Yamaha, and where he goes from here. We talk about how much of the blame lies with Yamaha, and how much with Viñales himself, and what role his new manager may play. There is a lot to discuss, and we try to cover it all.

There was a race to talk about as well, and we take a look at Fabio Quartararo's win, Marc Marquez' ride through the field, and how the Ducatis fared. And then we give our winners and losers for 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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 218: Moto2 And Moto3 From The Sachsenring

In the Paddock Pass Podcast Follow On Show Fueled by Marc VDS Racing, Neil Morrison and David Emmett look back at the Moto2 and Moto3 races at the Sachsenring. Neil and David kick off with a discussion of Remy Gardner's impressive win in Moto2, and how he lured Raul Fernandez into a mistake. The talk about Aron Canet's strong podium, discuss whether Marco Bezzecchi is doing enough to deserve a MotoGP ride, and how Sam Lowes has regrouped after a couple of mistakes.

They then go on to talk about how, despite Moto3 races seeming incredibly random, the same rider keeps on managing to win, and whether Pedro Acosta really is that special. And they discuss whether the penalty situation is improving in Moto3.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 217: Marc Marquez' Triumphant Return At The Sachsenring

We have two special guests on the latest edition of the Paddock Pass Podcast. With the race at Assen, David Emmett was able to link up with Neil Morrison in person, and sit down with photographers Cormac Ryan Meenan of CormacGP and Rob Gray of Polarity Photo to discuss a historic race at the Sachsenring. As official photographers for the teams which finished in first and second place respectively, Cormac and Rob are in a unique position to talk about how Repsol Honda and Red Bull KTM saw Marc Marquez' win and Miguel Oliveira's second place.

Naturally, we discuss those topics first. How Marc Marquez won the race at the Sachsenring, and how the unique nature of the track played into that, and how KTM's improvement in the last few races has combined with the progress of Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder to see Oliveira emerge as a genuine title candidate. But we also go on to discuss the incomprehensible situation in Yamaha, where Fabio Quartararo ended on the podium, and his factory Yamaha teammate crossed the line dead last, with Valentino Rossi the only other Yamaha rider to score points, in fourteenth position.

We talk about Suzuki, and Cormac and Rob talk about what they have seen from watching trackside at every race. We discuss Aprilia, and what Aleix Espargaro's front row start means. And we finish off the podcast with our winners and losers, as usual.

For Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters, there will be a special episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast Extra show, in which Rob and Cormac talk about photography in MotoGP, and how it changed during the pandemic. You can get that show by signing up here.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 216: Can Anyone Stop The Sachsenring King?

On the eve of the Sachsenring MotoGP round, Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett look ahead to the German Grand Prix, where Marc Marquez has dominated for the past ten years. They kick off the podcast with a look at where motorcycle racing is with respect to fan attendances in light of the improving situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, and what that might mean for the second half of the season.

Then they take a dive into the race, and ask whether anyone can stop Marc Marquez from lifting an eleventh victory in a row at the Sachsenring. Anyone, including Marc Marquez, given how uncompetitive the Honda is at the moment, and how Marquez is still recovering from injury. Steve gives a pop quiz on previous historical win records, and the remarkable record of Giacomo Agostini in Germany.

Then we run down the challengers. What do we expect Yamaha to do at the circuit? Can the Suzukis be competitive? How will Ducati fare at a track which is the polar opposite of what the Desmosedici needs to shine. Is the KTM turnaround permanent? And what will Aprilia do? And we wind up with our predictions for the race 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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 215: Rinaldi Rules The Roost At Misano

With World Superbikes back at Misano, Gordon Ritchie and Steven English get together to discuss one of Steve's favorite weekends of the year. They kick off with a discussion of how well the Ducati Panigale V4R worked at Misano, specifically for Michael Ruben Rinaldi, and what makes the Ducati so difficult to get right at every track. They compare Rinaldi's fortunes to those of Scott Redding, and especially Chaz Davies.

Steve and Gordo discuss the role of the Pirelli tires, and the very different philosophy for Pirelli in WorldSBK compared to other spec tire suppliers. They discuss Toprak Razgatlioglu's impressive start to the season, and how he is emerging as the main challenger to Jonathan Rea, and then they examine how Rea has changed his training and approach, and how that has made him even more competitive.

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 214: Moto3 & Moto2 From Barcelona - How To Stop The Madness

In the Paddock Pass Podcast Follow Up Show Fueled By Elf Marc VDS Racing, Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett ponder the Moto3 madness and Moto2 badness at Barcelona. The first subject to address were the terrifying scenes during the Moto3 race, with a bunched up field which nobody wanted to lead create some extraordinarlly dangerous situations, and the Moto3 paddock dodged a veritable hail of bullets. We discuss how to fix it, whether it needs fixing, and whether the FIM Stewards need to get involved.

We also take a look at Moto2, discuss Remy Gardner's victory and just how maturely he approached it. We also find praise for Augusto Fernandez and Xavi Vierge, and highlight the result of Bo Bendsneyder in conditions which have traditionally been bad for him

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.

Make sure to like and suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

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: 
7
year: 
2021

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