With the MotoGP paddock assembled once again at Jerez, racing is on the verge of starting again. On Wednesday evening, after the test at Jerez had concluded for all four classes racing this weekend, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew got together to discuss what happened at the test, and what to expect from the resumption of racing. Steve English and Neil Morrison are down in Jerez on commentary duties for the WorldSBK and Moto2 and Moto3 classes respectively, while David Emmett looked on remotely and lived through the entire Zoom remote debrief experience.
We start off with a look at the test, and ask what can be learned from the two sessions of 90 minutes that the MotoGP riders had on the Jerez circuit. We talk about the conditions at Jerez, and how the intense heat will affect the race, with track temperatures likely to be 20°C higher than during a race in May. We ask whether the Yamaha can really be as strong as it looks on paper at Jerez, and how they will fare against Marc Marquez.
We discuss the impact that Michelin's new tire will have on the series, and whether Honda and Ducati are really at a disadvantage. We go over Ducati's curious history at the Jerez circuit, and what impact that will have on the long run of such a compact championship. And we finish off with a look at the confirmations which came this week, of Pol Espargaro going to the Repsol Honda team, of Alex Marquez being moved to the LCR Honda squad, and Cal Crutchlow being dropped by HRC.
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