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.

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For sure, several riders can and likely will beat Marc this weekend. It would be best put that we are likely to see "the return" of him, and a podium contender. With Neil gone, Adam you seem to take the "making most sense" spot. Steve, agreed re Vinales Sunday. Ducati too. David, spot on re the KTM folks.

On Thurs, seeing an overflowing handful of solid tips for a win is a really good thing! Go look.

This Ducati is much better changing direction than the 2019. This Yamaha has taken a big step forward. The KTM! Here.  Sachenring shuffles the deck. Eager to see the cards. More focused on battles than winner, sparks may fly.

We just had the big 2021 silly season and bike announcement embark. Noted elsewhere. But one thing - it looks like Morbidelli just got orphaned. He isn't solidly anyone's. VR46 has left for Ducati and full. He isn't a Yamaha signed rider. Petronas is a solid Jr Team, and the Factory bike in Aqua is likely his next year. But given his performance and potential, he may be seen as underemployed and on his own. Had Bonesaw gone Yamaha, hard to not see him as their 1st rider alongside Marini. And a flood of fast kids are flowing in, making less security everywhere. 

If you are right Dave and Petrucci stays another year he is very lucky. I do not even vaguely equate him with a Pedrosa or Crutchlow in development benefit via Ducati knowledge. More just potential for donkey work as a seasoned rider, and KTM's Test squad is crowded with skill. I would much rather see Raul F in that seat.

It is going to be a VERY silly season next year. Unusually. There will be a surprise or two. 2021, not too much going on. 

2021 is a fantastic season, eh? Watch out 2017, may not stay top of the rewatch heap.