Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 298: Motegi Review - Magnificent Miller, Bagnaia's Mistake, and Aron Canet's Bowtie

After a magnificent display of riding by Jack Miller at Motegi, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew chew over the aftermath of the Japanese grand prix. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett join the pod, while Adam Wheeler phones in his thoughts on his road trip to the US for the MX of Nations. We cover a lot of ground, starting off with the strange circumstances of the weekend, and the effect a lack of track time had on results.

Part of that was Jack Miller's impressive win at Motegi, and we discuss why Ducati are seemingly incapable of winning a rider's championship. We discuss Pecco Bagnaia's mistake - and Aleix Espargaro's engine map misery - and how that gave Fabio Quartararo a chance to extend his championship lead. Then we talk about Aron Canet, how he revealed to Spanish media the secret behind his podium bowtie, and why he is dropping that custom. We ask whether he would be better off in the WorldSBK paddock where his tattoos would be less of a hindrance, after he claimed teams in the MotoGP paddock turned him down because of them.

Naturally, we discuss Marc Marquez' return to fitness and his fourth-place finish. We give our winners and losers, and then a quick look ahead to this weekend's race at Buriram in Thailand.

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Gentlemen, you make a good point about Marc, Fabio, even Brad being leaders, pushing their teams to success. As opposed to the VR46 Academy, where Rossi is the obvious leader and his graduates do not learn to be as pushy.

But. Maybe one of the Academy members has learned--since the day he was born--not be subservient to Vale, to pick his own path. LM10, maybe?

Informative and entertaining podcast, thanks.

I thought that all of the Ducati riders had started to behave in a subservient and passive manner ever since Petrucci and Dovi were moved out. As a factory red rider you have 6 riders, riding the same bike, all wanting your job. They are all a known quantity to the factory, all of their data is known. If they perform well and you are having a difficult time the last thing you need is any disagreement with any of the three wise men.

Yes, Domenicali's the biggest issue, too keen on being in the limelight, and too much influence on who's riding. Remember Lorenzo, could have been the one to turn them around, but the big boss had to boot him, what?, about 2 races to soon.

The body language during those Lorenzo wins was such great theatre. Domenicali was trying to get his head into the photos and it just wasn't working. Jorge left him hanging on a handshake and ghosted him in Parc Ferme..

"I'm not a great rider.. I'm a Champion.."

Wooo boy!