Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 409: Mugello Momentum - Dissecting The Italian GP

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Ducati turned Mugello into an even more Italian affair than normal, with the factory bikes decked out in a special blue livery to mark the start of the European Championship and the Summer Olympics. The race was not a classic, but it raised an awful lot of questions about where things stand in MotoGP at the moment.

Why is Pecco Bagnaia so perfect at Mugello? Is Enea Bastianini's revival enough to save his job? Why was Jorge Martin happy with just a third place? Where is Marc Marquez coming up short against the Ducati GP24s? And where did the pack find 25 seconds compared to last year's race? All this and more in our MotoGP reaction show.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 407- Patreon Q&A: Marquez vs Martin, Does KTM Have A Problem, Yamaha's Satellite Squad, And More

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The midweek show is here again, and we are once again taking questions from our very smart Patreon backers. Neil, Steve, David, and Adam kick off with why they would choose Marc Marquez over Jorge Martin, or Jorge Martin over Marc Marquez for the second factory Ducati seat, before diving into the Patreon mailbag. Have Aprilia peaked? Why can't Marc Marquez qualify? What are the differences between a satellite and a factory team in terms of support? What's up with Yamaha's satellite team? And much more.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 406: Banishing the Bad at Barcelona

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It's Sunday night, so it's MotoGP reaction show time, and on this episode, David, Neil, and Adam are joined by Motorsport.com's Oriol Puigdemont to chew over events at the Grand Prix of Catalonia from Barcelona. 

There was much to talk about: Pecco Bagnaia making up for his mistake in the sprint race, Jorge Martin riding a smart race to take as many points as possible and extend his lead in the championship, Marc Marquez charging from fourteenth to the podium, past home favorite Aleix Espargaro, and Pedro Acosta's mistake. How does this affect Ducati's decision? And why did Enea Bastianini ignore instructions to do a Long Lap Penalty, and all the escalating penalties that resulted? Plus our winners and losers.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 405: Previewing Barcelona With Pol Espargaro

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We have a very special guest on the show this week. KTM test rider and former Moto2 champion Pol Espargaro joins Adam, David, and Neil to look ahead to Pol's home round, having grown up in Granollers, a literal stone's throw from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Pol talks about the stresses of modern MotoGP, recovering from injury, where KTM is at the moment, and tips his brother Aleix to win at the weekend. 

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 404: Patreon Post Le Mans Questions Answered, Plus KTM's Risse On 2027 Rules

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The French Grand Prix at Le Mans left us with more questions than answers, so Steve, Neil, and David attempt to answer some of the questions posed by our Patreon supporters. What factors will Ducati take into account when choosing between Marc Marquez, Jorge Martin, and Enea Bastianini for the second factory Ducati seat? Can Ducati keep all three riders, and if not, who can they afford to lose? Is the Yamaha getting better, or was it all just Fabio Quartararo? What's up with Brad Binder? And do the 2027 rules risk becoming a repeat of the 800s.

To help answer that last question, Neil sat down with KTM's MotoGP project leader Sebastian Risse, who gives his perspective on how he thinks the series will change in 2027.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 403: The Battle That Made Gigi Dall'Igna's Life Harder

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After three scintillating races at Le Mans, Adam, David, and Neil chew over the big questions from the French Grand Prix. The biggest question, of course, is who Ducati should put on the second factory bike alongside Pecco Bagnaia. We chew over all the permutations, plus praise Jorge Martin's exceptional race, Marc Marquez making it two remarkable charges through the field in a row, and where Martin's domination in France leaves Pecco Bagnaia's title hopes.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 402: Le Mans Preview With Tom Morsellino, And The 2027 Rules

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With the next round of MotoGP at Le Mans heaving into view, Steve, Neil, David and Adam are joined by French MotoGP journalist and statistician Tom Morsellino, to discuss the state of French motorcycle racing and what makes Le Mans so special. There was news to discuss too, with the cancellation of Kazakhstan and the announcement of the 2027 MotoGP rules. The rules arrived in the middle of recording the podcast, so you get our live reaction to the new technical  regulations.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 401: Joe Roberts Interview And Answering Listener Questions

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The Jerez round of MotoGP had a lot of highlights, and one of them was American Racing's Joe Roberts becoming the first American to lead a world championship since Nicky Hayden in 2006. Neil sat down with Joe at Jerez to talk about his return to the American Racing Moto2 team, and about racing in general. And Neil, Adam, and David answer a lot of listener questions sent in from our Patreon channel. Why are the Yamahas slow at Jerez when they used to dominate? Will Jake Dixon make it to MotoGP? What effect will the new 850cc engines have on MotoGP from 2027?  Was Jerez Pecco Bagnaia's best ever race? And much more.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 400: Jerez Delivers The Thrills & Spills

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The Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez proved to be a corker! On Sunday night, Adam, Neil and David sat in a deserted press conference room above pit lane, where the bikes were being warmed up ready for Monday's test, to discuss the thrills and spills of Jerez. 

We ask whether this was Pecco Bagnaia's best GP win, what this means for Marc Marquez, whether Jorge Martin is human again, and what the impact of Pedro Acosta has been on the crowds. We also get into the complaints about Race Direction, and ask whether Johann Zarco was right to be so angry with Freddie Spencer. And to top it off, we have our winners and losers.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 399: WorldSBK At Assen With Mat Oxley

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After a thrilling and cold round of WorldSBK at Assen, Steve and Gordo sat down with MotoGP veteran Mat Oxley to discuss the state of WorldSBK, what BMW is doing in the series, and what that means for MotoGP. And Steve interviews BMW team boss Shaun Muir about the impact that the arrival of Toprak Razgatlioglu at the Bavarian manufacturer has had.