Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 296: Listener Questions, Misano Test Review, And Who Will Win At Aragon?

The MotoGP crew gathered to discuss the outcome of the Misano MotoGP test, and much more. But the first thing that Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett did is answer a bunch of listener questions. Will there be a new manufacturer in MotoGP in 2024? What do Kalex know about aluminum swingarms that HRC don't? Why does Pol Espargaro keep landing factory rides?

Then the team take a look at the highlights from the Misano test, who was testing what and what we can expect, including Yamaha's new engine and the new Honda swingarm. We discuss Marc Marquez' return to MotoGP, and we take a quick look ahead at the Aragon MotoGP round. Can Pecco Bagnaia continue, or will he be usurped?

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Round Number: 
15
year: 
2022

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the way this season's playing out.

I think both men (FB63 and FQ20) can be called veterans now, and the pressure's enormous. Can't afford any more unforced errors, so we'll see.

The Ducati swarm lack consistency, but there are so damn many of them. And the rest of the Yamaha squad are nowhere, so FQ20 can't count on help from that quarter.

Will JZ05 ever win one?

And of course there are the Aprilias and MM93.

A nail biter, for sure.

^ Hiya cmf! Warm disagreement to toss in too. I don't think Quarty and Pecco are veterans so much as young but established. What a YOUNG grid!

The pressure from outside of the helmets looks low for Quarty, and mid for Pecco. A.Espargaro has lots of pressure he brews up for himself. Add to that being recently our performed by Vinales, and Aprilia hunger. "Now or never!" must feel intense.

On track the pressure has risen. After the checkered flag it showed on Fabio's emotional face. 

The tone of off track statements from teams has seemed comparatively mild this season re pushing riders for results. Honda has been pushing themselves overtly. The shoe is on the other foot mostly...Marquez, Quarty, Mir, even murmurs from B.Binder - the Factories need to get their shite together for me to win. "European stye" if on a Yamaha or Honda (thanks Gigi reorg!). Ducati put a fire under riders' bums. KTM set fire to every rider contract but Brad's. 

Who has gotten off easy? Michelin. They have not done anything re a new front tire, and Fall of 2019 it was expected. The pendulum has swung thrice since. Several tracks got a push to re configure for safety. I can't remember a longer wait on a tire! Saturday night specials?! 4 year old leftover specials. Instead of tire warmers, drop in a toaster. I do that w old bread. Extra mayo. 

KTM and Honda riders, complaints are warranted. Not the Inline 4's who (yes, got 2020 and 2021 trophies) should be loving this rearward balance but pissed it away. Winners? Ducati and Aprilia, masters of simulation for tire wear and drive grip - wonderful work. Duc has pulled of three such coups I think. Arriving w Bstones. "Sharing" Championship electronics data. Now this development 2020 on w these tires. Master stroke, the Red bikes handle great AND nurture rear tires under the most powerful engine seen in road racing. Aprilia did what Suzuki could have this year...with a war chest fitting a Moto3 program. Super cool Noale! And Michelin.

Quite sure Zarco has crested. He isn't likely to make Top 5 lists next yr. I wanted to see a back flip, but then again so did Herve! That (2016?) parts bin bundle best Yamaha was COOL! 

"I don't think Quarty and Pecco are veterans so much as young but established. What a YOUNG grid!

"...The pressure from outside of the helmets looks low for Quarty, and mid for Pecco. A.Espargaro has lots of pressure he brews up for himself. Add to that being recently our performed by Vinales, and Aprilia hunger. "Now or never!" must feel intense.

On track the pressure has risen..."

Hola 'Shrink!

To clarify, I meant veterans from the standpoint that last year both guys faced similar pressures, and this year they both better know how to deal with it. Not necessarily age. But I like your "established" too, Yeah the grid is hella young.

I mean Fabio could be crashing the M1 in a vain search for unavailable speed. And Pecco could be crashing the Ducati in response to the pressure applied by Fabio and the rest of the field.

FQ20's been solid, except for Assen, and so has FB63, except for the early part of the season. Pecco's Dovi-like ride in Austria was superb, as was Fabio's ride to pressure Bagnaia, to within a half second at the flag. The decision to lower the M1's gearing to stay competitive was superb. We're seeing some terrific riding here, especially Fabio, who has no business being at the front at some of these tracks.

"...Who has gotten off easy? Michelin..." Agreed. And if it weren't for that gag order on the riders...