Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 94: The Controversy At Qatar

In latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett get together to discuss the opening MotoGP round at Qatar, and the controversy which engulfed the race, despite it being a thoroughly thrilling episode.

We naturally have to kick off with the dispute which erupted after the race over Ducati's aerodynamic parts. We take a deep dive into how the controversy developed, tracing it back from the first complaints, through the Qatar test, and on to the Qatar race. We discuss what the rules say, whether Ducati's parts are legal or not, and where the appeal submitted by four rival factories goes from here.

We have plenty to talk about in the race as well. We discuss how the race unfolded, and what it tells us about where the different factories stand. We look at Ducati (leaving aside the aero question for now), how much stronger the Honda is this year, how Cal Crutchlow came back from a potentially career-ending injury, and the incredible progress the Suzuki has made in 2019.

We also ask whether Alex Rins can be a title contender this season, and how much of an impact Joan Mir made as rookie. Naturally, we spend a fair amount of time debating whether Yamaha have made any progress at all over the winter, and whether Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales will be competitive this season. And finally, we finish off with our winners and losers of the race.

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Wouldn't biggest loser be dishonorable mention?
Bagnaia. If Ducati was exploring alternative ways to remove aero, they need to get both sides. Quartararo. Vinales.

Is it really just a few rounds that Suzuki will be hampered by lack of top end power and over-rev? I see more difficulty, and a smaller number of tighter "handling tracks."

Good podcast fellas. Enjoy some sleep.

Honda was the recent case where mfgr was docced points over the exposed rear wheel speed sensor that Marquez surgically clipped and cut on Pedrosas bike at Aragon resulting in a high side immediately after a few years back. Honda had to forfeit the subsequent race wins win worth of points the mfgr championship but rider got to keep theirs.  

As as for the topic related to rules clarity, dorna don't need to higher an aerodynamics professor, they just need to critically read what they wrote.  Think of it as a taking the rules for a test drive after any new update or change.  They could even use a third party to do this. I'll do it for free.  :)