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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 21 - Racing Again! A Review of Qatar

The Paddock Pass Podcast reaches another milestone. If its twenty-one podcast episodes were years, then the Paddock Pass Podcast would be old enough to buy a drink once it hits town in Austin.

In this, the podcast of its majority, Neil Morrison, Steve English and David Emmett gather to discuss the events of the opening round of the 2016 Grand Prix season at Qatar. There was plenty to talk about, of course, so we cover a fair amount of ground. First, we go through the results of the MotoGP race, and discuss how the switch to Michelins and spec electronics have affected the racing. Then we take a look at Silly Season, and talk about the signings of Valentino Rossi, Bradley Smith and Johann Zarco, and how they affect the rest of the market.

Of course, the debacle at the start of the Moto2 race is a major subject for debate, and we talk about where that all went wrong, and whether it was fair or not. And finally, we have a few words on the Moto3 class, and who impressed us most at the start of an action packed year.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you do use iTunes, please remember to rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. Enjoy the show!

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year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 20 - Reviewing the Qatar Test and Looking Forward to 2016

Episode 20 of the Paddock Pass Podcast has just hit the internet, just in time for the start of the 2016 season. As usual, there is plenty to talk about, and David Emmett and Tony Goldsmith grill Neil Morrison, who was at both the Qatar and Phillip Island MotoGP tests, and Steve English, who was at Phillip Island, about the progress made by the MotoGP teams in their preparations for the 2016 season.

We take a look at how Honda are faring, how Suzuki have done, and of course how come Ducati has done so well. We also discuss the role which Casey Stoner is playing inside of Ducati, and how he is helping to move the bike forward. We also discuss how we feel the Marquez-Rossi rivalry might play out, a relevant subject in light of recent interviews by both Valentino Rossi, with the Gazzetta dello Sport, and Marc Marquez, with the Motorsport.com website.

With just a couple of days to go before the start of the 2016 MotoGP season, this is compulsory listening to get you ready for the upcoming year.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you do use iTunes, please remember to rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. Enjoy the show!

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year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 19 - World Superbikes Phillip Island Review

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, David Emmett, Tony Goldsmith, Neil Morrison and Steve English get together to discuss the opening round of World Superbikes from Phillip Island. David and Tony quiz Neil and Steve, who were both at the race, Steve in his capacity as the new commentator for the WorldSBK series live feed. In the show, we talk about whether Kawasaki are set to continue their domination of the series, after Jonathan Rea got off to a good start with a double win. We take a look at how Ducati fared, comparing the performance of Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano. We look at newcomer Yamaha, and talk about how the YZF-R1 fared in its first outing.

We also discuss how the Honda fared, and especially how WSBK rookie Nicky Hayden stacked up in his first race against the up-and-coming young Dutchman Michael van der Mark. As a bonus, David Emmett spoke to the Honda team manager Ronald ten Kate as their base in Nieuwleusen, The Netherlands, before the season started, and that interview is included in the podcast as well. Ten Kate tells us how the team's preparation for the season has gone, what they have done differently this time, and the effect Nicky Hayden is having in the team. All in all, a great show to kick the World Superbike season off.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you do use iTunes, please remember to rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
1
year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 18 - Reviewing The Sepang MotoGP Test

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back again. The latest episode sees David Emmett, Neil Morrison and Steve English get together to discuss the MotoGP test at Sepang, at the start of the month. 

The test gave us plenty to talk about. There was Loris Baz' massive crash, the return of Casey Stoner, a dominant performance by Jorge Lorenzo, and Honda continuing to struggle badly. We also talked about Suzuki's new bike, and how much of an improvement that was for Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaro. And of course, we also cover the Michelin tires in depth, as well as discussing what the spec or common software entails, and the effect that the combination of these has had so far during testing and could have during 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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you do use iTunes, please remember to rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it. Enjoy the show!

year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 17 - Reviewing the Jerez World Superbike Test

It's testing season for all forms of World Championship motorcycle racing, and so there is plenty to talk about. The first of two special testing episodes comes from Jerez, after the World Superbike test held there recently, at which just about all of the teams were present. Steve English, now WSBK commentator for the international TV feed, is joined by Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber, to talk over all of the news from the test and give their impressions of what happened.

In the podcast, Steve and Jensen go through the main contenders for the 2016 World Superbike crown, and take a look at all of the main manufacturers involved. Naturally, all of the favorites are discussed, including WSBK rookie and former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden.

Enjoy the show, and stay tuned, as we will be having a new show very soon, looking back at the MotoGP test at Sepang.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you like the show, please remember to leave us a rating and review on iTunes, as that's a really important way of helping new fans find the podcast. Enjoy the show!

year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 16 - Reviewing the Yamaha Launch

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is here, and though we are a couple of weeks behind on production, this one is definitely worth a listen. Neil Morrison and David Emmett both attended the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team launch in Barcelona, and afterwards, we looked back at the presentation and discussed what we thought.

As we were present at the launch, we also managed to record some of what the riders had to say. The podcast includes the question and answer sessions with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. We also caught up for an interview with Bradley Smith, and he tells us how he is preparing for 2016, and what he expects to achieve this season. Though the recordings are a couple of weeks old, they are all the more interesting in light of the recent Sepang test held last week. Enjoy the show, there are more coming soon.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. Enjoy the show!

year: 
2016

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 15 - Answering Listener Questions

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back for another episode, and this time, we are answering questions sent to the @PaddockPassPod Twitter account. MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett is joined by Steve English and Neil Morrison to answer questions on a very wide range of subjects.

We cover a lot of ground, from hosting a race in Indonesia, to the future of Alex Rins, to how Ducati will fare against Honda next season, and whether Andrea Iannone can win at Qatar. We give our view on the changes to the World Superbike format, with races on Saturday and Sunday now, and also confess to owning rider merchandise (some of which we even paid for out of our own pockets). We take a brief look at whether the term GOAT has any meaning in MotoGP, and who our candidates for it would be. And we consider whether Valentino Rossi will be treated any differently than in previous years by his rivals.

Thanks to everyone who sent in a question, and our sincere apologies to those whose questions didn't get answered. We will be doing this more often, and setting up an email address to send your questions to. Until then, you can reach us on Twitter with your questions and feedback.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. Enjoy the show!

year: 
2015

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 14 - A Last Look Back At The Best Of 2015

The final Paddock Pass Podcast of 2015 is out, and in it, David Emmett, Steve English and Tony Goldsmith take a long look back at the memorable 2015 MotoGP season? Was it the best season ever, we ask?

We also go through our highs and lows of the year, and discuss what we liked best about this 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 iTunes or Soundcloud. Enjoy the show!

year: 
2015

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 13 - Superprestigio Edition, And News Round Up

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back again, with a new episode recorded after the Barcelona Superprestigio indoor dirt track race. Show regulars David Emmett and Neil Morrison are joined by Steve English, back from an enforced hiatus due to contractual reasons.

We got together in a hotel room in Barcelona, on the Sunday after the Superprestigio, to talk about what happened at the event, and give a rundown of how we saw it unfold. There was also a bit of news to discuss as well, with David Emmett having talked to new KTM test rider Mika Kallio about the factory's RC16 MotoGP bike. We also talked about the withdrawal of Suter from the Moto2 class, and discuss the reasons for Moto2 becoming such a one-make class. And with Casey Stoner now officially announced as a test rider and brand ambassador for Ducati, we talk about what his arrival means for the brand.

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 iTunes or Soundcloud. If you subscribe on iTunes, please help others find the show by remembering to leave a review. Enjoy the show!

year: 
2015

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 12 - A Look At The Jerez MotoGP And WSBK Test

Episode 12 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and in this episode, MotoMatters.com's own David Emmett talks about the Jerez World Superbike and MotoGP tests with top photographer Tony Goldsmith and brainy young journalist Neil Morrison. Both Tony and Neil were actually present at the tests, and they talk about what they saw out on track. We also discuss the difficulties Honda and Aprilia seem to have adapting to the new electronics, and contrast it with how well Ducati are doing. We also take a look at the progress being made by Michelin on their new tires.

It wasn't just MotoGP at Jerez, of course. The World Superbike riders were also there, and we ponder the seeming superiority of the Kawasakis, and look at how Nicky Hayden fared on his switch to WSBK.

We also do a quick review of the KTM test at Valencia, and ponder the difficulties faced by the Austrian factory in the run up to their return in 2017. We talk about the relative merits of the trellis frame, and contrast their Moto3 bikes with MotoGP. And Tony tells of his adventures at the Macau Grand Prix, one of the most extreme street circuit races still in existence. 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 iTunes or Soundcloud. Enjoy the show!

As always, there is an outtake tacked on to the end of this show, which is definitely not safe for work, or those who are sensitive to strong language. The outtake follows the show after a short period of silence.

year: 
2015

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