Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 302: Is Phillip Island The Greatest Track In The World?

After a barnstorming race at Phillip Island, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew got together to discuss whether Phillip Island truly is the greatest race track on the planet. After the usual pleasantries, Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett dive into what makes Phillip Island such a magnificent circuit, despite its many shortcomings. We talk wildlife, circuit layout, negating the effects of aerodynamics and ride-height devices, Alex Rins' victory, and how Marc Marquez made the soft tire work.

We then ask whether the 2022 MotoGP title is already in the bag for Pecco Bagnaia, and whether Fabio Quartararo can do anything to call a halt to the factory Ducati rider's seemingly unstoppable progress. We all make our predictions for who is going to win the title (thereby guaranteeing they are cursed), before wrapping up with our winners and losers.

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Thanks for mentioning and giving credit to the effort Bob Barnard put in to remodel PI back in the 1980's. A mammoth task with limited funds and tonnes of inspiration helped form the ripper venue it is today. 

I don’t think so. Different, quirky, spectacular, yes! As far as crowd numbers go, motorcycle racing is not a big sport in Oz, certainly not like Italy or Spain. Maybe more like the US which is where we will going for the MotoGP in Austin in April. PI must stay on the calendar but it seems that moving to a kinder time of year is unlikely. So with both warts and beauty spots, bring it on again….and again.

I think we should generally petition for all design privileges to be removed from Hermann Tilke.  Or from whomever is establishing the design brief that he inevitably has to fulfill.  That might elicit some hope for any yet-built future tracks.

Brad just said of his bike development since the Test at Sepang...

“The base is the same, but I think the one really big difference is the weight distribution and the springs and stuff that we run is completely different. When we were last here, it was very clear we couldn't stop the bike and kept losing the front. So these changes were what fixed that and let see if they’ve fixed it here.”

Orange has moved past the 2021 strategy of lots of changes everywhere on the bike. "Throwing parts at it" no more, they are just sorting what they have. It can do well in the wet as Oliveira proved. Both he and Binder are much better ridets than their bike showcase. 

If KTM can get conditions that bring the tires into balance within their bike's parameters, watch out. But Brad is a Marquez-like brake bomber, and this Michelin front cannot/will not support that. 

Poor KTM has to adapt or die waiting for the 2019 front tire to arrive..."maybe in 2025."

Hey Brad, if they don't your 3 yr contract is up out of cycle w all the 2 yr ones. That leaves a few great seats possible. Don't re-sign on hope/faith like Quarty did.