With most of the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gathered in Barcelona for the Superprestigio dirt track race, we used the opportunity to record a couple of shows. The first show covers the reason we were all in Barcelona in the first place: the fourth edition of the Barcelona Superprestigio, which featured another clash between MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and former AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National champion Brad Baker. This time, it was Marquez who came out on top, tying the series 2-2, and setting up a sequel for next year.
The race gaves us a lot to talk about, and the Paddock Pass Podcast regulars - Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett - were joined by Andrea Wilson, a freelance journalist and photographer with long experience in all forms of racing, and now very closely involved in AMA Pro Flat Track. Andrea offered a fantastic insight into both the level and quality of the Superprestigio, and of dirt track riding among the European racers, and also into what looks to be an exciting future for the AMA Flat Track series.
We kick off the podcast with a look at the Superprestigio, how the race panned out and how tire choice was ultimately decisive. We also talk a little about how bike set up turned out to be crucial, as well as how far track preparation has come, and how Brad Baker feels it could be improved. We look at the riders who impressed us, and who fell short of expectations.
In the second half of the podcast, Andrea Wilson takes a deeper dive into the plans for the future of AMA Flat Track. The CEO of AMA Pro Flat Track, Michael Lock, was at the Superprestigio, and had explained the reasoning behind the move to separate the GNC1 and GNC2 classes, moving the GNC1 classes to twins, and opening up a host of opportunities for manufacturers to enter the sport. Andrea explains some of the implications of those plans, and we discuss how we see the future of the sport.
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