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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 280: Mugello Preview, And KTM Crew Chief Paul Trevathan Explains The Overtaking Issue

The MotoGP side of the Paddock Pass Podcast gets its own special guest this weekend. Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett were joined by Red Bull KTM Racing's Paul Trevathan, crew chief to Miguel Oliveira this week, to discuss just why it has become so difficult to overtake in MotoGP. Trevathan is a fantastic guest, explaining in depth where KTM are at the moment, why you can't just change a front tire in MotoGP, and how the lack of testing time is slowing up development on Michelin's new front.

Before and after we were joined by Paul Trevathan, the crew discuss what makes Mugello so special, why we are not fans of retiring numbers, whether we will see any contracts announced this weekend, and who we expect to do well at Mugello.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
8
year: 
2022

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 279: Estoril WorldSBK Review - Will Toprak Razgatlioglu Go To MotoGP Or Stay In WorldSBK?

A special guest on this week's WorldSBK podcast brings superb insight. Charlie Hiscott, TV producer extraordinaire, has worked in both the WorldSBK and MotoGP paddocks for years, and has been alternating between the two series for the past couple of seasons. So he brings his remarkable knowledge to the already highly informed chat between Steve English and WorldSBK guru Gordon Ritchie, to take a deep dive into the future of Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Charlie adds the view from the MotoGP paddock to the trio's knowledge of where Toprak sits in WorldSBK, to discuss whether the Pata Yamaha rider will make the jump from WorldSBK to MotoGP. They examine the offers he may have, and his reasons for both going to MotoGP and staying in WorldSBK. They also discuss the current state of WorldSBK, the rivalry between Jonathan Rea and Razgatlioglu, what Alvaro Bautista brings to Ducati, why the second seat at Kawasaki is not performing as well as Rea's side of the garage, and what is happening with Honda.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
3
year: 
2022

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 278: Le Mans GP - Ducati's Dilemma, Why It's Hard To Pass, And Which Team Ends Up Replacing Suzuki?

After an intriguing French Grand Prix at Le Mans, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew take a look at how Fabio Quartararo's home race shook out, and why we didn't see a famous French victory at the track. There was plenty for Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett to talk about, however, and they start off with what Enea Bastianini's win means for Ducati. Then we discuss which team might replace Suzuki, and if that slot might be left empty, which then leads to a discussion of who from Moto2 could move up to MotoGP.

After that, we talk overtaking, and why passing is becoming something of a lost art in MotoGP. How will that affect the sport just as it loses its biggest star? We also explain how that affected Fabio Quartararo, and how he ended up in a modest fourth place at home, and why Aleix Espargaro is now a serious threat for the title. And of course as always, we end up with our winners and losers.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
7
year: 
2022

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 277: Examining The Suzuki Saga With Top Japanese Journo Akira Nishimura

After waiting for a long time for official word from Suzuki, we could wait no more. So on Wednesday, we finally recorded our episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast taking an in depth look at Suzuki's shock decision to pull out of MotoGP at the end of the season. To help guide us, and make it more than worth the wait, top Japanese MotoGP journalist Akira Nishimura joins Adam Wheeler, David Emmett, and Neil Morrison to give us a Japanese perspective on the decision.

We start off with a deep dive into the Suzuki decision, the reasons for it, the implications of it for the rest of the MotoGP grid. We discuss what effect it will have on the rider market, and who might take Suzuki's spot on the grid. And we discuss whether we will see a repeat of the Kawasaki situation in 2009.

We then move on to talk about tire pressures and the news that some teams are exceeding the minimum pressures allowed. And we give a brief preview of the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2022

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 276: Assen WorldSBK - Rea vs Razgatlioglu, Racing Incident Or Bad Mistake?

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast sees Steve English and Gordon Ritchie discuss an eventful Assen round of WorldSBK. They naturally kick off with a debate over who, if anyone, was to blame in the clash between Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu which blew Race 2 wide open. They talk about how Alvaro Bautista has taken charge of the championship, in part thanks to his penalty in the Superpole race and the win in Race 2.

They go on to discuss where the rest of the field stand after Assen, starting with Honda. Steve and Gordo discuss how well Iker Lecuona has made the transformation from the MotoGP paddock to WorldSBK, they look at how Yamaha are faring, and they discuss the situation at BMW. Then they go on to take a look ahead at the Estoril round, coming up on the weekend of May 22nd.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
2
year: 
2022

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 275: Jerez MotoGP - The Return Of Pecco Bagnaia, And Why Is Overtaking So Hard?

In this week's episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett sit down on Monday morning after Jerez to discuss how the Spanish GP played out. We discuss how it felt to have a proper, almost normal grand prix for a change, and the special atmosphere at Jerez making a very welcome return. We discuss Pecco Bagnaia's outstanding victory, and what it means for the championship. We discuss how technology, and especially braking performance thanks to ride-height devices and aerodynamics, is making passing exceptionally difficult. And we talk about the epic battle for third, as well as a quick look at Moto2 and Moto3. We finish up with our winners and losers.

We did not discuss the fallout of the news that Suzuki will be withdrawing from MotoGP, as that broke several hours after we recorded the podcast. There will be a special version of the podcast once we get an official announcement from Suzuki on the news.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
6
year: 
2022

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 278: Portimão MotoGP - Quartararo Masters The Yamaha, While Honda Struggles

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett report back from Portimão. Fabio Quartararo's imperious victory gave us much food for thought, and we kick off with a discussion of why it is only the Frenchman who seems able to make the Yamaha work, taking a deep dive into Quartararo's complaints vs Morbidelli and Dovizioso's demands for more rear grip. And we ask whether Yamaha have any choice other than to pay Quartararo what he wants.

From there, we discuss likely and unlikely title candidates. Is Enea Bastianini still a title candidate after his crash in Portimão? Should we take Aleix Espargaro seriously? Has Alex Rins really turned his troubles from last year around? Or will it be Quartararo vs Bagnaia again like last year.

We then move on to a discussion of Honda, and how it seems like they are in deep trouble once again. Has the lack of front-end feel killed Marc Marquez' ability to exploit the turning ability of the bike? Why didn't these issues emerge in testing? And can they improve the bike before the end of the season? We wrap up as always with our winners and losers, and take a quick look ahead to Jerez.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
5
year: 
2022

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 273: Portimão Preview, And Dennis Noyes Tells Tall Tales Of The Early Days

In this special episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, we have a very special guest. Veteran American journalist Dennis Noyes joins Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett to give some insight into how Dorna came to run MotoGP, and how Spain became such an important part of racing. We start off with a preview of Portimão, and ask whether this marks the start of a return to normality for MotoGP, or whether the unique nature of the Algarve International Circuit means we are in for another surprise this weekend.

Then we get into Dennis Noyes' rich history in racing. Dennis has led a colorful and fascinating life, from racing dirt track on four wheels in the Midwest to teaching English in Central America to staring out of the window of his English class in Barcelona and watching the "traffic light grand prix", and figuring out that motorbikes were pretty cool actually.

From there, Dennis takes us on a journey through the history of grand prix motorcycle racing. How it was huge even before Angel Nieto, but Nieto took it to another level. The role the Spanish king Juan Carlos played in promoting racing, the early days of Dorna, and how Bernie Ecclestone and Carmelo Ezpeleta faced off over who would run MotoGP, and why Ecclestone saw Ezpeleta as a worthy adversary.

Dennis is a fantastic story teller, and speaking personally, I have been privileged to know him and hear his stories over the years. This is just a taste of some of the tales he can tell. For Spanish speakers, you can listen to or watch the podcast he does after every MotoGP grand prix, called Cinta Americana (Spanish for duct tape), with Spanish journalists Judit Florensa and Cristian Ramón Marín. I highly recommend also following him on Twitter.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
5
year: 
2022

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 272: SBK Is Back - Steve And Gordo On World Superbikes From Aragon

After a long layoff, WorldSBK is back at last, and with it, the Paddock Pass Podcasts Voices Of Superbikes, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie. Steve and Gordo take a long look back at WorldSBK preseason and the very first race weekend of the year, at Aragon. They discuss the state of Kawasaki, and Steve sits down for a long and insightful interview with Jonathan Rea. Then Gordo and Steve discuss where Ducati is now, and Alvaro Bautista's return.

They also discuss how Toprak Razgatlioglu kicked off his title defence, and take a bigger look at where Yamaha stands. They discuss how much better Honda have been at the start of the season, thanks in no small part to the additional testing the factory has done. And they ask how hard the opening weekend was for Scott Redding at BMW, and whether things will improve once Michael van der Mark returns from injury.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
1
year: 
2022

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 271: The New And Old Kings Of COTA

Episode 271 of the Paddock Pass Podcast was special in many respects, not least because it was recorded in person, instead of via Zoom. On the Sunday night after the race, Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett sat around a kitchen table in a small house just off East 7th Street in Austin to discuss the remarkable and exciting MotoGP race at the Circuit of The Americas.

We discuss Enea Bastianini becoming Mr 50%, as the Gresini Ducati rider wins his second race of 2022, and takes back the lead in the championship. We compare the fates of the factory and satellite Ducatis, and discuss where Bastianini is making the difference. Then we talk Suzuki and Alex Rins, and debate what the difference is this year compared to last year.

We have a long conversation about Marc Marquez, what went wrong at the start, and how he recovered and staged an astonishing charge through the field to go from dead last to finish 6th. And we talk contracts, and try to read the tea leaves of what was said by Fabio Quartararo and Aleix Espargaro about their futures. And as always, we finish up with our winners and losers.

If you don't want to miss out on these episodes as they are released, make sure you follow The Paddock Pass Podcast on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Soundcloud. We even have an RSS feed for you. If you do use Apple Podcasts, please rate the show and leave a review, as this helps other MotoGP fans find it.

Make sure to like and subscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where each post-MotoGP show will be posted as a video, for those who like moving images to accompany their podcasts.

Thanks to Fly Racing and Renthal Street for their support for the show.

We also have a Patreon. Paddock Pass Podcast Patreon supporters get exclusive content, including the Paddock Notes show, where we discuss what happened at the end of every day of a MotoGP weekend, and interviews with riders, team managers, and important figures in the sport. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
4
year: 
2022

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