Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 33: Reviewing the Sachsenring, and the Austria MotoGP Test

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast features Neil Morrison of Roadracing World and and's own David Emmett taking a long look back at the Sachsenring, and discussing the events of MotoGP test in Austria. 

We kick off with a long look at the wet weather race in Germany, and discuss the concerns Michelin had ahead of the weekend. On a drying track, tire choice and pit strategy became key, and Neil and David discuss who benefited and who didn't. They also take a look at the improving form of both Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding, and ask whether the 2016 MotoGP championship is already over.

There is also a little discussion about the changing fortunes at Ducati, and how that bike has developed through the season. And in look at the test in Austria, Neil and David also speculate on Casey Stoner's times, and wonder whether he will ever actually race as a wildcard. The test at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg was also the first time the KTM MotoGP bike was on track together with the other MotoGP machines, and we try to dissect the times and progress of the machine.

We then wrap up the show with a look at the Moto2 and Moto3 races, as well as the latest and most interesting bits of gossip of who goes where in Moto2 in 2017. Enjoy the show!

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Does this sound fair to you? :)

For the interwebs a model that asks people to hand over cash in the hope they'll receive the content they want is flawed. Create the sort after material and then traffic, UVs, and advertising dollars will follow. But for me what made this site most interesting is now in shorter supply so I do stop by less than I used to.

If you have enjoyed for a long time something you should reward it. Talent and effort deserve some form of reward. I don't know how long ago there was a "better" content than now on Motomatters to which you refer to, but you know as I do that most websites with good content are not for free. David could decide to keep some content to subscribers only which I guess would make many unhappy.... instead he suggests to help him keep up with the good standards we've known this website for. Good reporting good journalism in general should never be for free. I assume that you, like many others, you visit this site on regular basis and I guess you posted your opinion on many occasions ...and you enjoy all this with no advertising no pop-ups no s..t invading your smartphone.... I call this almost a luxury worth the 40€ I paid.
I think this is a very sensitive matter for journalism in general: a free Press (in the sense of independent not free of charge ) is a healthy press and we all should contribute to it.

Interesting podcast. A few remarks: you made it sound like Lorenzo is being let down by Yamaha. (I know David, you did stress that you doubt that, but still....)
The way I see it (it's all assumptions I'm not in that garage) is that nobody of his closest crew Wilco Ramon to name two did not go with him. I find hard to.believe that a company who put 25 millions on the table could not find some extra money to pay for JL crew. Nor can I believe that if JL really wanted them he could not take them with him. So who let who down? That sounds more like a vote of confidence I mean lack of. And from there onwards there can't be trust and motivation on either parts. One thing is certain Yamaha want the title regardless who wins it. And even if they secretly in their hearts they root for VR they would not let JL down if he stands a chance. That's why Neil's innuendos on paddock gossip that Yam is not helping JL sound a bit far-fetched. I would really love to hear more on the subject.