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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 254: Wrapping Up Mandalika, 2021, And Why Toprak Razgatlioglu Made The Right Choice To Stay In WorldSBK

With the WorldSBK finale finished and the title wrapped up, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sit down to review the last round of World Superbikes and look back at the season on the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast sponsored by Fly Racing and Renthal Street. They kick off with a review of the Mandalika International Street Circuit, the brand new track on the island of Lombok in Indonesia, and what it was like to take a long haul flight to a race again. They discuss how the track changed, how the rain affected the circuit, and how Toprak Razgatlioglu's training methods gave him an advantage on a green track.

With Razgatlioglu having tied up the title, Steve and Gordo discuss just how tight the championship was, and how any one of Jonathan Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu, or Scott Redding could have won the title had things played out only slightly differently. They debate Razgatlioglu's strengths, and make a very strong case for why he would be better off staying in WorldSBK rather than going to MotoGP.

Then they turn to Jonathan Rea, and look at why things didn't go his way this year. And they discuss how the season played out for the other title rivals, and how things might change in 2022.

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: 
13
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 253: Moto2 And Moto3 From Valencia

The Paddock Pass Podcast Follow Up Show Fueled by Elf Marc VDS Racing sees Neil Morrison and Adam Wheeler sit in a cafe in Barcelona and discuss the final Moto2 and Moto3 races of 2021. They go through the Moto2 finale which saw Remy Gardner finally clinch the title ahead of Raul Fernandez, and the last clash between Moto3 champion Pedro Acosta and the man he beat to the title, Dennis Foggia. They go through the extraordinarily imaginative conspiracy theories of the Leopard Racing team, and the conspiratorial interview given by Raul Fernandez on why he lost Moto2. And then they look ahead to the 2022 season in both Moto2 and Moto3, and what to expect.

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: 
18
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 252: A Time For Farewells

The Paddock Pass Podcast, backed by Fly Racing USA and Renthal Street, comes live from the back garden of a house near Valencia for the final round of MotoGP, and the final race for both Valentino Rossi and Danilo Petrucci. Adam Wheeler and Neil Morrison chat to David Emmett, before Adam and Neil had to rush off to catch trains back to Barcelona.

There was plenty to talk about, of course. Whether the attention lavished on Valentino Rossi's retirement was too much, not enough, or right in the Goldilocks zone. Why the Ducatis are so very, very good now. How Takaaki Nakagami ended up second in the Sunday Morning Warm Up championship, and the worrying predicament Honda currently find themselves in.

We also pay homage to Danilo Petrucci, and ask how much MotoGP will suffer as a result of losing the biggest name in the sport in Valentino Rossi and one of the true characters of MotoGP in Danilo Petrucci. And we discuss how Remy Gardner brought home the Moto2 title at last, broken ribs and all. Naturally, we finish up with our winners and losers for the day.

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: 
18
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 251: A Champion Is Crowned At Portimão In Moto3, And Nearly In Moto2

Although we talked about the Moto2 and Moto3 races from in Episode 250, there was still plenty left to discuss in the Paddock Pass Podcast Follow Up Show Fueled By Elf MarcVDS Racing. Neil Morrison and David Emmett rake over the coals of a dramatic Moto3 race, and a fascinating Moto2 race.

Of course we revisit the Moto3 race again, and the last lap incident between Darryn Binder and Dennis Foggia. We discuss Pedro Acosta's championship, and how he won the title, and what it means for Moto2. We also talk about Remy Gardner's remarkable race in Moto2, making the right tire choice to cruise through the field once the harder rear tire came into its own. We evaluate Raul Fernandez' tire choice, and how the pair will do in Moto2.

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: 
17
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 250: Drama And Dismay In Moto3 At Portimão, Ducati Triumph, Yamaha Struggle In MotoGP

As the Paddock Pass Podcast passes the milestone of 250 episodes, Adam Wheeler, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett gather to discuss what happened at the Algarve Grand Prix in Portimão. With Pecco Bagnaia's outstanding performance turning the MotoGP race into an uneventful affair, we start the show off with a look at the dramatic end of the Moto3 race. We discuss Darryn Binder's move on Sergio Garcia, which took out Dennis Foggia and handed Pedro Acosta the Moto3 title, and whether it was a simple mistake or worthy of a far greater penalty than just disqualification. We also consider Pedro Acosta's Moto3 title, and what winning the championship in his rookie year means for the future.

Then we turn our attention to MotoGP. We discuss whether the Yamaha is a one-rider bike, with Fabio Quartararo the only person capable of winning on the bike, or whether it was a wider failure of the riders. We look at Pecco Bagnaia's flawless weekend, and discuss Ducati's dominance in MotoGP now they have wrapped up the constructor's championship. And we discuss Dorna's latest innovation, the shouldercam, a small camera embedded on the shoulder of Alex Rins' leathers, and what we thought of it and what it means for the future.

We finish up with our winners and losers, but not before a brief discussion of Marc Marquez and the mystery of his absence at Portimão, though the show was recorded before the press release announcing that Marquez had suffered problems with his vision was published this morning.

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: 
17
year: 
2021

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 249: What To Expect At Portimão 2

The latest edition of the Paddock Pass Podcast presented by Fly Racing and Renthal Street features breaking news. Halfway through the recording of this show, as Steve English, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler and David Emmett gathered to look ahead to Portimão came the news that Marc Marquez had decided to skip the Grand Prix of the Algarve, the second visit to the Portuguese circuit.

The Paddock Pass crew are nothing if not adaptable, however, and we ran through what we were looking ahead to and what to expect from the three grand prix classes this weekend. We discuss whether winning the 2021 title at Misano will change Fabio Quartararo's approach in Portimão, and whether he can repeat his triumph from earlier in the year. We discuss what to expect from the Ducatis, and especially from Pecco Bagnaia.

Of course we react to the news that Marc Marquez has chosen to miss the Algarve grand prix, and we discuss what this means for the rest of the season, and for the new Honda RC213V which needs to be prepared for next year. And we discuss whether the championships will be decided in either the Moto2 or Moto3 classes, or whether it will go down to Valencia. We finish up with predictions for who is going to win the race on Sunday.

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: 
17
year: 
2021

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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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