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.
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