Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 231: WorldSBK Silly Season Goes Wild In Navarra

With the WorldSBK championship heading into its final intense stretch of races, with six rounds in nine weeks, the Silly Season is hotting up as well. In the past week, we have had announcements that Scott Redding is heading to BMW for 2022, and Alvaro Bautista is moving back to Ducati, leaving a seat at Honda, and speculation of more rider movements. So after the Navarra round of WorldSBK, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie got together to discuss where the rider market stands.

There was a huge amount to get through, and so Steve and Gordo take a long time to talk it all over, from every angle. Why did Redding leave? Why did Ducati choose Bautista again? What do Honda do? They talk about the race too, and how Kawasaki seem to be struggling, with Toprak Razgatlioglu drawing level on points with Jonathan Rea.

We finish off with Renthal Streets Sessions interview with Alex Lowes, who talks through his second season with the KRT Kawasaki team.

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Thanks! Love seeing Toprak/Yamaha right there with Rea. 

This just announced: "Ducati planning to enter Supersport World Championship with the Panigale V2 955.' Stock it is 155hp. The new rulebook and Supersport grid is taking shape. MV Agusta has an 800cc triple testing. Triumph has podiumed w the 765 triple in BSS. 

Bye bye R6 Cup? 

One can only hope to see some extra manufacturers at the sharp end. A few more riders to compete with the current top 2 riders would be welcome as well. But I've enjoyed the last couple of SSP races.

Where did that Simon Jespersen dude come from? Liked how he ran with the top guys for quite some time.