Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 188: Who Is Number 1 In The Petronas Yamaha Team?

With the launch of the Petronas team spread over the first part of this week, the Paddock Pass Podcast People take a look at one of the most intriguing teams in MotoGP. With Franco Morbidelli on the 2019-spec bike which took him to second place in 2020, and the arrival of Valentino Rossi, what is in store for the satellite Yamaha squad? And how will they fare in Moto2 and Moto3?

Adam Wheeler, Steve English, and David Emmett mull over what the various team members said during the various presentations and debriefs. They talk about the likelihood of Petronas remaining a Yamaha satellite squad, and what the arrival of a VR46 team in MotoGP would mean. They discuss the frictions between Petronas and Yamaha, and whether they have been resolved. They wonder who is the number 1 rider in Petronas, and whether the notion of a number 1 rider even makes any sense.

We also hear from Franco Morbidelli and his hopes for 2021, and we discuss what to expect from Jake Dixon and Xavi Vierge in Moto2, and John McPhee and Darryn Binder in Moto3. We answer some listener questions, Adam explains how riding the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 means he can't lift his arms any more, and David denies he is about to pursue a career on Tiktok.

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