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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 212: Moto2 and Moto3 From Mugello, With Michael Laverty

A special treat on this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast Follow Up Show Fueled By Elf Marc VDS Racing. Ex-MotoGP racer and current BT Sport specialist Michael Laverty joins Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett to discuss the Moto2 and Moto3 action from Mugello.

Obviously, the main topic of conversation is the tragic death of Jason Dupasquier, killed at the end of Q2 for the Moto3 class, and Michael gives his unique perspective on the tragedy, from the point of view of a racer. Michael gives an honest and open insight into the mind of a racer, and how your view of danger changes over time. We naturally talk about the perils of racing, and what can and can't be avoided.

We also discuss the events of the races. We examine how Remy Gardner beat Raul Fernandez in the Moto2 race, we discuss Sam Lowes, who is riding faster than ever but keeps making mistakes. We discuss the Moto3 race as well, and then Michael Laverty talks about his Vision Track British Mini Bike Academy, his initiative to try to get more British youngsters into the Grand Prix paddock.

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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
6
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 211: WorldSBK From Estoril

A little late, but worth the listen nonetheless, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie review the Estoril round of WorldSBK for the Paddock Pass Podcast. Steve and Gordo discuss the difficulties of overtaking in Estoril, the nature of the track meaning you always get stuck with at least one gear ratio which isn't right for a particular corner. They review Jonathan Rea's wins on Sunday, and his unusual tire choices over the weekend, Scott Redding's jump start which wasn't at first and then was, and why Toprak Razgatlioglu did. Steve and Gordo cover all this and more in great and entertaining detail.

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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
3
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 210: Tragedy At Mugello

It is a rather somber edition of the Paddock Pass Podcast this week, as Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett sit down to discuss the tragic events at Mugello, which led to the death of Jason Dupasquier at the end of Moto3 Q2 on Saturday. We discuss how the crash happened, whether it could be avoided, and how it was handled by the TV producers. Adam gives his perspective of accidents in MXGP, and Neil talks about how danger is viewed in the road racing scene, where it is much harder to ignore.

We discuss how the riders viewed the incident, and how they view danger in general. We discuss the cultural issues involved in how different TV broadcasters approach tragedy, and how hard it is to handle tragedies like Dupasquier's death in a paddock which houses a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds.

We do also talk about the race, it being an important part of the weekend. We discuss Fabio Quartararo's outstanding victory, whether Pecco Bagnaia suffered as a result of racing so shortly after holding a minute of silence for Jason Dupasquier, and how much progress KTM have made at Mugello. And we finish off, as ever, 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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
6
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 209: Looking Ahead To Mugello - Is Ducati A Dead Cert?

It's been a busy week for the Paddock Pass Podcast crew. As well as the WorldSBK show with Steve English and Gordon Ritchie, Steve joins Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett to look ahead to the MotoGP race at Mugello this weekend. We kick off the show with a quick review of how the calendar, and how various restrictions and easening thereof could affect the second half of 2021.

From there, we went on to discuss Jack Miller's new contract with Ducati, and then get into the seats still open for 2022, and who is likely to fill them. That inevitably leads to a discussion of Andrea Dovizioso, and whether he will and should be racing for Aprilia in 2022.

Then we discuss Mugello, who has won there and who could do well this weekend. Ducati and Yamaha have gone well there, but does that mean we will see a Ducati on the top step of the podium? We review what we can expect of Marc Marquez, as he continues his rehabilitation from the arm injury, and ask how strong he will be at Mugello. And we wrap up with predictions of who we expect to win in Italy on Sunday.

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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
6
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 208: WorldSBK At Aragon - How Rain Shuffled The Deck

On the Monday after the opening round of the World Superbike season, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sat down at Barcelona airport to record an episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast while they waited for their flight to Portugal for the Estoril round, which takes place this weekend. Together, Steve and Gordo review the events of the first WorldSBK round of the 2021 season, getting off to a late start.

That is the first topic Steve and Gordo get in to. Normally, WorldSBK kicks off in Phillip Island in February, but instead it started in Aragon in May. What effect did that have? They talk about the excellent racing that Aragon produced, at a track which has been less conducive to good racing in the past. They discuss why that happened, and what to expect going forward.

They spend a good deal of time discussing how the weather affected the racing, and how tire choice proved to be decisive. They discuss the role intermediates played in the difficult conditions, and how Scott Redding gambled on slicks to pull off a remarkable win in Race 2. Steve also interviews Pirelli boss Giorgio Barbieri, who explains how tires are chosen, and the relative merits of the SC0 and SCX tires in the dry.

Steve and Gordo review the relative strength of the WorldSBK grid after the first race, whether Jonathan Rea is still invincible, how strong the Kawasaki really is, the improvements by Yamaha and BMW, and more. They also give a quick update on what happened in World Supersport, and in the WorldSSP300 class.

The podcast appears below as an audio track, but the show is also on YouTube, Steve having set up a camera to record the show. If video is your thing, you can watch the Youtube show below, rather than just listen to the audio.

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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
1
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 207: Moto2 & Moto3 From Le Mans

The drama in MotoGP may have dominated the headlines, but Moto2 & Moto3 had plenty of drama of their own at Le Mans. In Paddock Pass follow up show fueled by Marc VDS Racing, Steve English is joined by Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett to take a look at how the support class races played out.

We kick off with a discussion of the Moto3 race, and how it was nothing like a normal Moto3 race thanks to the rain. We discuss Pedro Acosta's mistake, and how he managed to get away with it thanks to the falls of his main rivals. We debate the relative strength of the grid in Moto3 this year, and whether it is weaker than in the past. And we discuss GasGas getting their first win, as a rebadged KTM.

We also talk about Moto2, about how strong Raul Fernandez has been as a rookie, especially given the big difference between the Moto3 and Moto2 bikes. We talk about how the new Triumph engine and electronics means it is less of a risk to stay in the class for a year. We talk about Remy Gardner and Marco Bezzecchi, and who could be moving up to MotoGP next year. And as always, we get the insight of BT expert Michael Laverty on Moto2 and Moto3.

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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
5
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 206: Flag-To-Flag Fun At Le Mans

It was inevitable that the weather would have the last word at Le Mans, and when conditions produced the first flag-to-flag MotoGP race since Brno 2017, there was plenty of drama up and down the field. So it is unsurprising that the Paddock Pass Podcast crew had plenty to discuss after the weekend. Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett gather to analyze just what went on at Le Mans.

The crew kick off with a debate on the merits of the flag-to-flag races, whether there is a better system to handle rain races, and the problems in trying to avoid flag-to-flag races. We discuss the move by Marc Marquez on Fabio Quartararo while entering pit lane, the legality and why he did it. We talk about Marc Marquez' first crash in the race, and what that indicates about where Honda is in terms of development. And we praise Jack Miller's remarkable win at Le Mans, his second win in a row.

We ask whether Alex Rins is throwing a championship away by crashing too much, we debate the outstanding race by Fabio Quartararo, in his first flag-to-flag race, and his strength compared to the other Yamahas. And we discuss who did well in the mixed conditions, and how the race was won. Then 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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
5
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 205: WorldSBK Preview - Scott Redding Interview

On the eve of the WorldSBK season opener at the Motorland Aragon circuit, the Superbike division of the Paddock Pass Podcast sit down with one of the main contenders for the 2021 championship. Steve English and Gordo Ritchie kick off the show with a discussion of Scott Redding's first year in WorldSBK on board the factory Aruba.it Ducati Panigale V4R, and how he fared after winning the title on the bike in British Superbikes.

Then, Steve has an extended interview with Redding, in which Redding looks back at last year and talks about his hopes for 2021. And then Gordo and Steve return to examine what Redding had to say, and debate what he needs to do to defeat reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea.

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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 204: Waiting For A Wet Le Mans

On the eve of a Le Mans that looks like being affected by its usual fickle weather conditions, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew look ahead to the weekend to come. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett are subjected to Adam Wheeler's fiendish GP quiz, while the foursome make comparisons, favorable and unfavorable, of the race with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and what the race will be like without fans.

They discuss whether having no fans will relieve some of the pressure on the French favorites, Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco, and whether that means they can win there. We discuss why the track seems to favor the Honda and the Yamaha, and why two such diverse bikes should go so well, and we ask whether Ducati can disrupt their streak again this year. And they pick out who they think really has to win this weekend, to get their championship back on track.

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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
5
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 203: Moto2 & Moto3 At Jerez

The Paddock Pass Podcast follow up show, fueled by Elf Marc VDS Racing, is back for a review of the Moto2 and Moto3 classes at Jerez. In the show, Steve English, Neil Morrison, and Adam Wheeler take a deep dive into what went down in the support classes at Jerez. They start off with Moto2, and debate whether Fabio Di Giannantonio's first win in Moto2 is a sign of an Italian revival in the class, with Marco Bezzecchi taking second place and Sam Lowes finishing third. They explain why you never hear about tires in Moto2 or Moto3, and what that says about the classes.

They can't avoid the Pedro Acosta question in Moto3, and what his win means for the championship. They discuss the Deniz Öncü incident in the final corner, and whether the young Turk can control himself enough to start to fulfill his potential. And finally, fresh from the Aragon WorldSBK and Moto2 test, Steve English gives a very rapid update on the state of play in the World Superbike series.

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 suscribe to the Paddock Pass Podcast YouTube channel, where we will be posting various specials such as rider interviews.

We now also have a Patreon, where you can support the show financially, and get access to exclusive content, such as rider interviews, debriefs, and more. Enjoy the show!

Round Number: 
4
year: 
2021

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