Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 55: Rossi's Assen Masterpiece

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison and David Emmett go over the events of a scintillating weekend at Assen. We start, naturally enough, with Valentino Rossi's win at the legendary Dutch track. We go over how Rossi won it, and compare this victory to his other historic wins. We contrast Rossi's victory at the track with his teammate's fate, Maverick Viñales crashing out of the race as he pushed to catch the leaders.

Naturally, we also compare the fortunes of the Ducatis. We wonder at Danilo Petrucci's transformation into a consistent podium threat, and discuss where it might have come from. We also discuss Andrea Dovizioso's measured race, his remarkable pace to catch the front group, yet his willingness to settle for points, which ultimately leaves him leading the championship.

We compare and contrast the Honda that made it onto the podium, and the Honda that didn't. We marvel at Marc Marquez' astounding save at the GT chicane, and admire Cal Crutchlow's racecraft in bridging the gap from the chasing group to get with the leaders. Then we turn our attention to those who balked at the weather conditions, and ponder the decisions by Johann Zarco and Jorge Lorenzo to pit for wet tires as soon as the rain came. We also sympathize with Dani Pedrosa's struggles to get heat into the tires, especially on a damp track.

In the final segment, we have a quick run through Silly Season, and discuss the latest rider signings and the latest rumors. We take a look at Moto2 and Moto3, both astounding races in their own right, before wrapping up with our winners and losers on the weekend. Enjoy the show!

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