Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 130: Surprises And Developments At The Sepang Test, With Manuel Pecino

We have a very special guest for the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Respected Spanish journalist and excellent conversationalist Manuel Pecino, who writes for a vast range of major publications and publishes his own website joined David Emmett to discuss what we learned at the Sepang MotoGP test.

There really was a lot to talk about, and in the space of 55 minutes, we take a long wander through all six of the MotoGP factories, and ponder the consequences of the new Michelin rear tire. We start off with Yamaha, and debate their fantastic week in January where they set course for the future, choosing Fabio Quartararo over Valentino Rossi for the factory team. We talked about the situation at Honda, and how Marc Marquez is leading the development with HRC. There was plenty to talk about for Ducati, and whether Andrea Dovizioso can challenge Marc Marquez again, and take a deep dive into Dovizioso's character and unique approach to racing.

Next we move to Suzuki, and the positive effect Joan Mir has had on Alex Rins, and how the new Michelin is very well suited to both the GSX-RR, and the Yamaha M1. We also discussed the strange smell the Suzuki was producing, and what could possibly be causing it. We discuss the progress made by KTM, and how important Dani Pedrosa has been to the development program of the RC16. Finally, we discuss the Aprilia, and how the brand new RS-GP really appears to be much more competitive.

It was a long, rambling, and fascinating conversation, with some unique insights from both Manuel and David.

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Keep 'em coming, David. Thanks.

Pedrosa is testing more for the team whereas Stoner and Lorenzo were/are testing more for themselves. Yeah, I can see that. Can feel it in the gut when Stoner and Lorenzo talk about themselves, and the fact that Pedrosa wants no PR obligation in his contract speaks for itself. When asked about what he learned the most in his motogp career near the end of his retirement, Pedrosa spoke about consciousness. Another topic of discussion when he interviewed himself on the couch was fear. He never spoke about his achievements or lack of except when interviewed by journalists. 

Ducati lost their electronics guru to Yamaha and Dovizioso lost his suspension technician to KTM. The hits keep coming. Qatar race will tell us a lot about the shape Ducati are in.


Manuel sounds like such a calm and cool character. I'd bet a discussion between himself and Davide Brivio would be the epitome of relaxed.

The two of you worked well together, Manuel is such an enjoyable guy to listen to.

Can't wait for the bikes to be out on track for real.

I don't know how else to contact Pecino. I subscribed and now I want to unsubscribe. There is no info on the site that I can find Please, Sr/Mr Pecino, unsubscribe me. Thank You