Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 220: Moto2 And Moto3 At Assen

Though the Assen MotoGP race and its fallout raised the most talking points, the Moto2 and Moto3 races left plenty to discuss as well. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, David Emmett, and a windswept Neil Morrison gathered to discuss the events of the Moto2 and Moto3 races, and what they might mean over the summer break.

The crew start off the Follow Up Show Fueled By Marc VDS Racing with the winner, Raul Fernandez, and what his future might hold. They discuss what he said himself about where his future lies - in Moto2 with the Ajo KTM team - and the rumors placing him in both the Tech3 KTM team and the Petronas Yamaha squad.

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Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Kevin Schwantz: How I Rode Part 1

Few grand prix stars are as revered as Kevin Schwantz, the 1993 500cc world champion, who rode with an ocean of natural riding talent and a tidal wave of aggression

Kevin Schwantz helped define an era of grand prix racing that’s rightly considered one of the sport’s golden ages. The American’s vicious battles with countrymen Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson and Australians Mick Doohan and Wayne Gardner are the stuff of legend.

Who better to explain those days than Valentino Rossi, who grew up watching these races and idolising Schwantz?

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2021 MotoGP Calender Changed Again: Phillip Island Canceled, Portimão Returns For Second Race

The ongoing fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to reshuffle the 2021 MotoGP calendar. This morning came news that the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island has been canceled for 2021, with an extra round at Portimao added before Valencia to take its place.

The news had been widely anticipated, as Australia continues to maintain a strict border policy, making staging international sporting events almost impossible. The dropping of Phillip Island means that the Sepang race has been moved a week earlier, to October 24th, and an additional round added at Algarve International Circuit in Portimão on November 7th, a week before the final round in Valencia.

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Assen Moto2 & Moto3 Review: Neil Morrison On Raul Fernandez' Future, Augusto Fernandez' Revival, And Pedro Acosta's Hospital Bed Ride

TT Circuit Assen produced two excellent contests in the Moto2 and 3 classes. Yet the biggest story of the weekend related to the future of one certain star…

Fernandez – will he stay or go?

Never mind Maverick Viñales. Raul Fernandez was the talk of the paddock once again after news from reliable outlets confirmed he will join current team-mate Remy Gardner in Tech 3 KTM next year in MotoGP.

Not just that; Fernandez produced another performance that demonstrated this year’s title fight will be far from a one-horse race. A day on from becoming the first rider to score four pole positions in their rookie Moto2 campaign since a certain Marc Marquez in 2011, the 20-year old produced a fightback that would have gained even the eight-time champion’s approval.

Here he displayed the composure to recover from a second lap mistake at turn seven that saw him drop to ninth. All appeared lost for the Spaniard as the Marc VDS Kalex team-mates of Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez, and championship leader Remy Gardner made up an exciting three-way fight for the lead, 1.7s ahead. Then Fernandez went to work. He made short work of four riders ahead to join the leaders on lap 13. And not one of them had an answer for him as he pulled clear in the closing laps to win by just over a second.

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2021 Donington World Superbike Race 1 Result: Drying Track Makes Racing Tricky

Superbikes return to Donington Park, home of the first World Superbike race in 1988, and the UK brought out its finest dreary weather for Saturday, punishing riders throughout the morning's Superpole session. The rain eased off before the race and the track was dry enough for slick tyres, although still too cold for most riders to choose the SCX sprint tyre that's been favoured in recent races. In the absence of Supersport racing, with Brexit and Covid coinciding to cause uncertainty in the costs when the calendar was being written up, the wet weekend feels a little less packed than usual, especially with the circuit limiting attendance to just four thousand spectators. 

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2021 Donington World Superbike Superpole Result: Could Be Worse, Could Be Raining

World Superbike Superpole was wet and cold, but the rain held off.

Leon Haslam opened the session with a 1'42.206 on his first flying lap, slower than Jonathan Rea's fastest time this morning. Rea replied on his second lap with a 1'41.550, with Alex Lowes half a second behind him as Haslam pitted in. 

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2021 Donington World Superbike FP3 Result: Rea Masters Very Wet Track

With rain drenching the opening session, Jonathan Rea was consistently quickest throughout the thirty minutes on track, ahead of his teammate Alex Lowes. Leon Haslam was unsurprisingly in third place with Tom Sykes rounding out a British top four. Garrett Gerloff, learni ng his third track in three weekends, followed up on his Friday's top spot with a wet fifth place. Scott Redding crashed out at the Melbourne Loop, ending the session in twelfth place. The weather will likely remain wet all day.

Results:

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2021 Donington World Superbike FP2 Result: Gerloff Makes A Mark

With the English weather looking to be unpredictable all weekend, Garrett Gerloff, back from a stint in MotoGP, used an SCX tyre to set the fastest time of the day, over three tenths quicker than Jonathan Rea who couldn't improve on his morning's time. Toprak Razgatlioglu, who finished in second place here in 2018, was third quickest ahead of Alex Lowes. Scott Redding held off Michael Ruben Rinaldi with local lad Leon Haslam seventh quickest.

Results:

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Toprak Razgatlioglu Signs On For Two More Years In WorldSBK With Yamaha

Toprak Razgatlioglu is to remain in WorldSBK for two more seasons. The Turkish rider agreed a deal with Yamaha which will see him continue with the factory World Superbike squad through the 2023 season.

The deal was something of a surprise, as Razgatlioglu had been heavily linked with the empty seat (or more likely, seats) in Yamaha's MotoGP teams. At 24, and showing a lot of potential, Razgatlioglu seemed ripe for a switch to the MotoGP paddock. However, he has chosen to remain in WorldSBK and pursue the goal of becoming the first Turkish rider to win a World Superbike title.

Razgatlioglu's manager, former World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu, is believed to have a hand in Razgatlioglu's decision. Sofuoglu is a strong supporter of the WorldSBK series, in part because of his own successes in the championship, and in part because of his own bad experiences when he switched to Moto2.

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