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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 248: The Moto2 And Moto3 Championship Shake Ups At Misano

In the Paddock Pass Podcast Follow Up Show Fueled By Elf Marc VDS Racing, Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett look back at eventful Moto2 and Moto3 races at Misano 2, and the impact they had on the respective championships, and how that might play out as the titles go down to the wire.

We kick off with a look at Raul Fernandez surprise crash out of the lead in the Moto2 race, and the profound effect it had on the championship. We discuss the cause of the crash, and how it saved teammate Remy Gardner's bacon. And we discuss Sam Lowes' excellent win at Misano, with Elf MarcVDS teammate Augusto Fernandez on the podium making it a 1-2 for the team.

Then we turn to the Moto3 championship, and Dennis Foggia's relentless second half of 2021. We ask whether he could end up taking the title from Pedro Acosta, and whether the Spaniard is showing signs of losing his nerve. We finish up with a discussion of the new rules introduced on age limits.

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: 
16
year: 
2021

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Guest Podcast: Bikes, Racing and Dirty Money - The History Of Unsavory Financial Backing In Grand Prix Motorcycling

The announcement at Misano that Darryn Binder would be partnering Andrea Dovizioso in the newly launched RNF Yamaha team – the successor to the Petronas SRT squad – was almost the last piece of the 2022 MotoGP puzzle.

Almost, because the final piece is yet to be put in place: the official announcement of the VR46 team taking over from Esponsorama, including their rider line up – expected to be Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi – and, most controversially and importantly, their title sponsor.

The initial announcement was made way back in April, with the Tanal Entertainment Sports & Media group announcing a partnership with the VR46 team, and the backing of Saudi Arabia's state oil company, Aramco.

That announcement was met in some quarters – including on this website – with dismay. It was a blatant case of sportswashing, the practice by which repressive authoritarian regimes try to sanitize their international image by staging or backing high profile sporting events, organizations, or athletes.

Since the announcement, the trail appears to have gone cold, with official announcements being continuously moved back and postponed, and hard details of deals and contracts not being given. This has given rise to the suspicion that there are elements of the deal which are either suspect, or perhaps even nonexistent. Reporting on this issue has been thin on the ground, the pandemic and the motorcycle racing media either unwilling or unable to investigate thoroughly.

Fortunately, some outside the traditional racing media have had both the opportunity and the inclination to investigate. Sandrine Wyrich, journalism student at the University of the West of Scotland, put together an audio program as part of her Broadcast Journalism MA, entitled "Bikes, Racing and Dirty Money", which looks into the history of sportswashing in grand prix motorcycle racing. The show investigates sports diplomacy, and traces the history of unsavory financial backing  in the sport throughout its history, from the past to the present.

Round Number: 
0
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 247: How Fabio Quartararo Became Champion At Misano 2

Misano 2 threw up many surprises, starting with the weather and ending with the crowning of Fabio Quartararo as 2021 MotoGP champion one race ahead of schedule. In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast Presented by Fly Racing and Renthal Street, Neil Morrison, David Emmett, and Steve English discuss what went down at the second visit to Misano.

We start off with our moments of the weekend, and an analysis of how Fabio Quartararo worked on his weaknesses in 2020 to become an almost unstoppable force in 2021. Neil grabs a few moments with Yamaha MD Lin Jarvis, who talks about how impressed he has been with Quartararo's attitude. We take a look at Quartararo's season, and his weaknesses, and ask whether he can repeat his championship, or whether a healthier Marc Marquez will be an unstoppable obstacle.

We also take a look at Ducati's decision to run the hard front tire, why they went in that direction and why it cost them the race. We discuss Enea Bastianini's astonishing charge through the pack. And we give our winners and losers for the weekend.

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: 
16
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 245: Looking Ahead To Misano 2

The latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast powered by Fly Racing and Renthal Street sees Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and Steve English sit down in person for the first time in months. Fresh off the plane from the San Juan Villicum round of WorldSBK, Steve kicks off the show with some talk of the WorldSBK title, and how things are looking for Toprak Razgatlioglu. That transitions into talk about the MotoGP title, with Steve, Adam, and Neil discussing whether they think Fabio Quartararo will wrap up the 2021 MotoGP crown at Misano this weekend.

The crew then discuss how they expect the race to play out, as well as taking a look at the Moto2 and Moto3 championships, and what role Misano 2 could play. They discuss Valentino Rossi's best, and more interestingly, worst special helmet designs for the Italian races. They mark the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death at Sepang, which will be commemorated this weekend. And they make their predictions for who will win the race. Steve also reveals what food he most looks forward to eating when he visits Misano (and it's not pizza).

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: 
16
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 244: WorldSBK Jerez & Portimão - The Dangers Of WorldSSP300, And The Burgeoning Rea vs Razgatlioglu Rivalry

Technical problems derailed the post-Jerez WorldSBK wrap up, so Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sat down after the Portimão round to take a look back at the last two wild weekends of WorldSBK for the Paddock Pass Podcast presented by Pirelli.

The big question after the tragic death of Dean Berta Viñales at Jerez was how to improve safety, especially in the WorldSSP300 class. Steve and Gordo ponder the purpose of WorldSBK's newest and smallest class, look at some of the riders, and consider ways of improving the class. Then they get into the WorldSBK class, and the growing and fierce rivalry between Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu, before looking ahead at how the rest of the season might go down.

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: 
11
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 243: Moto3 Madness And Beaubier Comes Good In Moto2 In Austin

The Moto3 race in Austin saw some terrifying scenes, as Deniz Öncü clipped Jeremy Alcoba's front wheel, causing Andrea Migno and Pedro Acosta to go flying at over 200 km/h. Plenty to discuss in the Paddock Pass Podcast Follow Up Show Fueled By Elf Marc VDS Racing, and Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and Steve English take an in-depth look at the near-tragedy which unfolded in Moto3. They dig into the whys and wherefores, and whether a two-race ban is justified for Öncü.

Then they move on to Moto2, and discuss Remy Gardner's first big mistake, allowing Raul Fernandez to narrow the gap in the title race to just 9 points. Gardner explains to Neil what happened, and then Cameron Beaubier tells Neil how he made a big step forward at the Circuit of the Americas. The crew go through the Moto2 runes, and examine Beaubier's success means for US racing, and ask where things have gone wrong for Joe Roberts.

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: 
15
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 242: Marquez Wins, Donuts Disappoint, And Answering Listener Questions

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast presented by Fly Racing and Renthal Street, Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler and David Emmett look back at the Grand Prix of the Americas at Austin. After a quick discussion of the dramatic incident in Moto3 - more of which to come in the Follow Up Show Fueld by Elf Marc VDS Racing later this week - we go through our moments of the weekend, and then our big talking points to emerge.

We discuss why Austin produces such stretched out races, and where else MotoGP could race in the US. We investigate the mystery of the Safety Commission, what goes on, and why we sometimes do, and sometimes don't hear from it. We talk Marc Marquez win, and what it means going forward. And we ask if the championship is done already. Finally, we finish up with a look at our winners and losers of the weekend.

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: 
15
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 241: Previewing Austin MotoGP, And Making Racing Safer

In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast presented by Fly Racing and Renthal Street, Adam Wheeler and David Emmett get together to look ahead to the Grand Prix of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Adam and David discuss what it is like for MotoGP to be heading overseas again after two years of Qatar being the only race held outside of Europe.

We discuss the track, and what we expect of it. We talk about how the track's 20 corners and many bumps make it one of the most demanding circuits on the calendar. And we ask which bike it might suit, and what effect this race weekend could have on the championship.

We also address the concerns around safety after last weekend's death of Dean Berta Viñales in the WorldSSP300 race at Jerez. We discuss how this could be fixed, and Adam gives an insight into how the junior classes in motocross bring young riders into the sport with less risk.

Finally, we finish up with our predictions for the race, and whether Marc Marquez will manage to win another race in the US.

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: 
15
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 240: Misano Moto2 And Moto3 - The MotoE Thriller, A Moto2 Rivalry For The Ages, And What's Up With Acosta?

In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast Follow Up Show Fueled By ELF MarcVDS Racing, Neil Morrison and David Emmett take a look back at Misano. They start off with a look at a thrilling and controversial end to the MotoE season, and the collision between Dominique Aegerter and Jordi Torres which decided the title. They debate the merits and the future of the MotoE class, and where it goes from here.

Then they move on to discuss the rivalry between Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner, and where it ranks in the history of intermediate class battles. We briefly discuss what the bumpy and physically demanding Austin track will have on the championship. And they take a look at Moto3, how Romano Fenati spread out the field to create an interesting race. And we ask why Pedro Acosta suddenly seems to be struggling, and who is now dominating the Moto3 championship.

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: 
14
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 239: Barcelona WorldSBK - Kawasaki's Missing Revs, And Chaz Davies Interview

Travel and logistics meant that Gordon Ritchie and Steve English did not get to sit down and record the Barcelona WorldSBK episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast until they arrived in Jerez on Thursday. That turned out to be fortuitous, as it meant that Steve could sit down with Chaz Davies for an interview shortly after the Welshman had announced his retirement from racing, and in which he gave a typically fascinating look at his career and motivation through the years.

Before that, Gordo and Steve take a look back at Barcelona. They discuss the effect the races there had on the championship, and take a long look at how Kawasaki not getting the 500 RPM they tested with and banked on has hurt them down the stretch. They discuss Toprak Razgatlioglu's championship chances, and what has changed. And they look at the situation at Honda, and ask whether bringing in new riders from the MotoGP paddock is the best move. And of course, they take a look at Chaz Davies' career, and what he has meant to the WorldSBK 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: 
9
year: 
2021

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