With testing at Qatar done and (quite literally) dusted, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered to assess preseason testing and look ahead to the start of the 2021 MotoGP season.
Naturally, there was a lot to get through, and Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett kicked the podcast off with a discussion of why MotoGP is testing in Qatar and whether it was a good place to test a MotoGP machine. Then we talked about Marc Marquez riding at Barcelona, and whether that alters our sense of when he will return to racing.
We run through the various factories. How will Pol Espargaro get on at Honda? What are we to make of Yamaha, and their new chassis? Is Jack Miller a world champion in waiting, and what about Pecco Bagnaia? Why have we heard so little of Suzuki? Does KTM's bad test at Qatar mean they are in for a tough season? And does Aleix Espargaro's speed mean that Aprilia have arrived at last?
We finish up with a look at political, personal, and moral aspects of the decision of the Qatar Government to give vaccines to the MotoGP paddock. Is accepting it the right choice? Is it just a case of sportswashing?
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