Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 303: From Disaster To Triumph - Bagnaia And Quartararo Redeemed Themselves At Sepang

With the penultimate round of MotoGP in the bag, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew look bag at a tense Sepang race and its effect on the 2022 MotoGP championship. Neil Morrison, Adam Wheeler, and David Emmett kick off the show with the question of whether Enea Bastianini did the right thing in pushing Pecco Bagnaia so hard, given they are both in the pay of Ducati, and will be teammates next year. That leads into a discussion of team orders, and whether they were needed.

We also ask whether 2022 has been a good championship or not, and compare the points tally with previous years. Is the level of talent very high, or the points scored so low? We then dive into Ducati's season, and David asks if Pecco Bagnaia could have wrapped the championship up earlier if Ducati hadn't spent to much of the off-season and practice at Qatar testing.

Other topics for discussion are John McPhee's outstanding pass in the Moto3 race, Pecco Bagnaia's superlative start, and whether the battle between Augusto Fernandez and Jake Dixon resembled the Rossi/Marquez battle in 2015. And we wrap up as always with our winners and losers.

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……,however it sounded like Dave thought there was no need for Fabio to even show up in Valencia since last year 3 Ducatis finished on the podium.  


Bagnaia's average over the last nine races; 19 and two thirds of a point. Just under 20 points for second place. 1st at Assen, Silverstone, RedFlagRing & Misano. Second at Aragon, bad mistake at Motegi, 3rd at Buriram & P.I. Win at Sepang. there ya go D.E.

Fabio Quartararo one of the best riders on the less than best, well sorted, Yamaha. can Yamaha finish ahead of Aprilia in the manufacturers' championship? KTM has more points than Suzuki and Honda. Honda how the mighty have fallen.