Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 123: Farewell Jorge Lorenzo, Hello MotoGP Testing

On Wednesday morning in Valencia, Neil Morrison and David Emmett sat down to take a look back at a dramatic MotoGP weekend at Valencia, and to look forward to 2020 after the first day of the Valencia test. There was an awful lot to talk about in what turned out to be one of the craziest weekends in years.

The  biggest news was of course the retirement of Jorge Lorenzo. We look at how it came about, and take a look at his record in MotoGP. And we discuss where Lorenzo rates among the greats of history. Lorenzo's departure left a vacancy in the most prestigious team in the paddock, and we chew over the decision to put Alex Marquez in the Repsol Honda team alongside his brother Marc. Will this work out? And what long-term implications will this have?

With Alex Marquez in Repsol Honda, where does that leave Johann Zarco? We discuss the latest machinations to keep the Frenchman in MotoGP, and the fallout the decision to move Marquez up and keep Zarco up will have for the Marc VDS Moto2 team. Then we take a brief look at who has been testing what, and where everyone stands so far, before finishing off with our winners and losers for the Valencia weekend.

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Have Yamaha acknowledged JL's achievements? After all he has won the only 3 WC's for them in the last 10 years. Or would that upset someone's fragile ego?

The more deeply they talk about the Yamaha years the more it shows up Rossi's general lack of sportsmanship and his lack of " grace under fire " , something you'd sort have expected from a true champion . Doohan was a cold cynical SOB but I doubt he'd have done many of the spiteful and petty things that Rossi has - and continues to do to this day .

And thank you David and Neil, for such a thoughtful retrospective on Jorge Lorenzo's successful, yet sometimes turbulent MotoGP career. To hear it from the perspective of journalists who rubbed shoulders with him and got to see him do the business up close was very unique and special.