Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 269: Looking Ahead To Argentina, And What Now For Marc Marquez?

With Neil Morrison undertaking the mammoth trek to Termas de Rio Hondo and Steve English recovering from a bout of Covid, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew is halved, with just Adam Wheeler and David Emmett to preview the Argentina round of MotoGP.

We delve into the history of the race, and recall some of our favorite moments from the event, including the Andrea Iannone/Andrea Dovizioso Ducati-on-Ducati crash on the final lap of the 2016 race, Jack Miller's bizarre pole position on an empty grid after a drying sighting lap in 2018, followed by Marc Marquez' hyper-aggressive charge through the field, and Scott Redding's burst tire during practice. We talk about the challenges of the track, the state of the surface, and whether we can draw any conclusions from a race here.

We also discuss the Marc Marquez situation, how he is recovering after the monster crash at Mandalika, whether he will be back in Austin or not, and what that means for his season. And we make some bold and probably wildly inaccurate predictions for who might come out on top in Argentina.

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WOW! Did you folks just see the news from both Japan and Spain?!

Marc Marquez and Honda mutually agree to end his contract effective immediately. Marc refused to ride the new bike. Honda has signed Quartararo! Marc is going to announce Suzuki or Yamaha as his "safe and rideable" new bike.

As per the Spanish media, it is looking like Yamaha - evidently Lorenzo was offered as part of the deal as a riding coach? Honda may have increased their offer in order to not have him, at least that's what it sounds like (my Spanish isn't very good).


^ Mission Accomplished!

(But shouldn't we leave these alone instead of call them out? I wonder how many people might take the hook?)