Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 200: Rookies On The Rise In Moto2 And Moto3

With the Moto2 and Moto3 classes producing great racing and fascinating championships this season, the Paddock Pass Podcast introduces a new show, dedicated to the junior Grand Prix classes. Steve English, Adam Wheeler, and Neil Morrison dive into the Moto2 and Moto3 action from the Portimão circuit.

They kick off with Moto2, and cover the rather dramatic incident at Turn 1, which saw erstwhile championship leader get boxed in and crash out. They go on to talk about the incredible debut Raul Fernandez is making, the rookie going on to win the Portuguese race, and the fierce battle between Aron Canet and Remy Gardner for second and third. They take a look at the Americans, with Joe Roberts finishing a strong fourth and Cameron Beaubier making solid progress to finish in ninth.

They then turn to the Moto3 class, and the phenomenal start Pedro Acosta has made to his Grand Prix career. They discuss the way the 16-year-old Spaniard took a convincing victory at Portimão, and what that means for the championship. They ask whether Acosta is that good, or whether the departure of the strongest riders from both the Moto3 and Moto2 classes has made it easier for the rookies to make their mark.

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Until this year I never really bothered with Moto3 - more like lawnmowers on 2 wheels. Then along comes Acosta who despite starting in the pit race in race 2 still run. I am now hooked!

If you watched Mir's Moto3 win last year's MotoGP win was much less of a surprise.The youngest MotGP riders had outstanding achievements in Moto3 (Binder, Martin etc) that gave fair warning they would be great if they could adapt to the bigger bikes.

200 episodes is quite an achievement! It's also good that Motos 2 & 3 are currently so exiting the betting talk is reduced to a minimum-only joking boys 😃