The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and it features a bumper crop of guests. Regulars Neil Morrison and David Emmett were joined by top French journalist Thomas Baujard of Moto Journal, and MXGP expert Adam Wheeler, who runs the outstanding On Track Off Road website. After the dramatic race at Jerez, they had a lot to talk about.
First up, the guys walk through the dramatic events at Jerez, focusing especially on the three-rider pile up involving Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, and Andrea Dovizioso. We talk about the fall out from that crash, about Marc Marquez' comfortable victory, and how the crash flattered the finishing positions of the remaining riders.
We then turned our attention to discuss the balance of power among the manufacturers in MotoGP. We compare the strength of Ducati, Honda, and Suzuki with the struggles of Yamaha, and where those problems come from. Thomas Baujard, who knows the Tech3 team well, gives his view on why Johann Zarco is managing to outperform Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales in the factory team. We consider how Aprilia have managed to build a bike that handles superbly and is close to being competitive with the best, while suffering disastrous reliability problems.
Finally, we talk to Adam Wheeler, who has deep knowledge of KTM thanks to his experience in MXGP and Supercross, about the progress the Austrian factory has made, and the major announcements they have made this weekend, including the signing of Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco to the factory team, and Miguel Oliveira to the Tech3 satellite squad. We then wrap the whole show up with our winners and losers.
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