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.
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