In the latest episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett report back from Portimão. Fabio Quartararo's imperious victory gave us much food for thought, and we kick off with a discussion of why it is only the Frenchman who seems able to make the Yamaha work, taking a deep dive into Quartararo's complaints vs Morbidelli and Dovizioso's demands for more rear grip. And we ask whether Yamaha have any choice other than to pay Quartararo what he wants.
From there, we discuss likely and unlikely title candidates. Is Enea Bastianini still a title candidate after his crash in Portimão? Should we take Aleix Espargaro seriously? Has Alex Rins really turned his troubles from last year around? Or will it be Quartararo vs Bagnaia again like last year.
We then move on to a discussion of Honda, and how it seems like they are in deep trouble once again. Has the lack of front-end feel killed Marc Marquez' ability to exploit the turning ability of the bike? Why didn't these issues emerge in testing? And can they improve the bike before the end of the season? We wrap up as always with our winners and losers, and take a quick look ahead to Jerez.
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