Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 388: Looking Back At A Spectacular WorldSBK Season Start

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The opening round of WorldSBK was a classic. Pit stops due to tire wear, a Kawasaki double win (despite the loss of Jonathan Rea), Andrea Locatelli making his mark, Andrea Iannone's spectacular return to racing, and a very strong BMW debut for Toprak Razgatlioglu. To talk you through a great weekend of racing, Steve English is joined by paddock legends Gordon Ritchie and Ivo Schützbach for a deep dive into what happened, and why.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 387: Dani Pedrosa Interview, Jorge Martin Special, And Visiting Michelin

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We have a very special guest on this week's Paddock Pass Podcast, as Neil and Adam interview KTM test rider and former MotoGP legend Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa talks life as a test rider, wildcards, and more. Neil has a feature on what makes Jorge Martin so successful, with comments from crew chief Daniele Romagnoli, manager Albert Valera, and more. David talks about his visit to Michelin, to see how they make their rear tires. And Adam and the crew discuss the news that Dorna is up for sale, and F1 owners Liberty Media could be interested in buying it.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 386: Live From Phillip Island With An All-Star WorldSBK Cast

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It's a World Superbike extravaganza in this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Steve English, Gordon Ritchie, and Ivo Schützbach gather in the Phillip Island media centre to preview the season ahead. As they talk, a parade of top WorldSBK talent joins them for a quick chat, including Toprak Razgatlioglu, Jonathan Rea, Andrea Locatelli, and more.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 385: Five Question About The Qatar Test, Plus Every Airbag Question Answered

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MotoGP testing is done, and so it's time to start leaping to massively premature conclusions. Fresh off the plane from Qatar, Adam sifts through the tea leaves of the test to try to discern the future. Is Pecco Bagnaia an unstoppable force on the Ducati? Is Aprilia's progress real, or will they find a way to fail once again? Who or what will be the biggest surprise of 2024? Can KTM challenge the supremacy of the Ducatis? And who will be the best rider on a Japanese bike?

Adam also interviews Chris Hillard of Alpinestars, who gives a long and detail explanation of airbags, their history, and answers our questions on the subject.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 384: Brad Binder And Sebastian Risse Interviews, And Questions From Patreon

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Two more launches are in the books, and they couldn't be more different. The Red Bull KTM launch saw a bike that was virtually unchanged, while the Repsol Honda launch unveiled a radically different looking RC213V. Adam, Neil, and David chew over the launches, and take questions from Patreon backers. Should we try to lure Taylor Swift into dating a MotoGP rider? Do MotoGP engineers have non-compete clauses? Was Marc Marquez sandbagging?

We also have exclusive interviews with Brad Binder, on the 2024 season, and KTM Technical Director Sebastian Risse, on how renewable fuels change MotoGP.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 383: Hot Or Hysterical? Five Takes From The Sepang MotoGP Test

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With the Sepang MotoGP Test in the books, Adam, David, and Neil gather to discuss what we learned. We break the test down into five questions.

Will Marc Marquez take longer to adapt than everyone expected?

Will we see a rematch of Jorge Martin versus Pecco Bagnaia?

Will Pedro Acosta get on the podium in his rookie season?

Are the Japanese manufacturers in as much trouble as they were last year?

Will it be KTM or Aprilia challenging Ducati’s dominance in MotoGP?

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 382: Reviewing The Trackhouse Launch, With Wilco Zeelenberg, Raul Fernandez, And Miguel Oliveira

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While WorldSBK has been testing, MotoGP is still in the middle of launch season. Adam Wheeler headed over to Los Angeles to attend the Trackhouse Racing MotoGP launch (and to catch a round of Supercross while he was at it), and told Neil Morrison and David Emmett all about it afterward. While he was out there, he grabbed 15 minutes with team manager Wilco Zeelenberg, as well as a few words with Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez.

Adam, Neil, and David chew over what Adam learned in LA and discuss the challenge facing Trackhouse. They also talked about the GASGAS Tech3 launch, now in Red Bull colors, and the prospects for Pedro Acosta and Augusto Fernandez. And they take a quick look ahead to the MotoGP shakedown test in Sepang.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 381: Gearing Up For WorldSBK 2024, With Alvaro Bautista, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Jonathan Rea, And Sam Lowes

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Testing for the 2024 WorldSBK season is well underway, so at the two-day Portimão test, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie sat down to assess how testing has gone so far and look ahead to 2024. While they were there, Steve also had a chance to grab interviews with some of the main players in the coming season. He spoke to reigning world champion Alvaro Bautista, BMW's newest rider Toprak Razgatlioglu, Yamaha new boy Jonathan Rea, and WorldSBK rookie Sam Lowes.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 380: What We Made Of The Ducati And Gresini Launches

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Launch season has officially started, and Neil, Adam, and David sat down after the Ducati launch to chew over what we learned from both the Gresini Ducati launch and the factory Lenovo Ducati launch. We talk Ducati's new, more powerful GP24, why they spend so much money on the launch, what we think of Pecco Bagnaia's chance of defending the title, whether Enea Bastianini will be in the factory team next year, and what we thought of Ducati's new Desmo 450MX motocross bike.