Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 379: Michael Laverty On Running A Moto3 Team

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In this week's episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Neil, Adam and David are joined by Michael Laverty, scion of the famous racing family, ex-MotoGP/BSB/AMA/World Supersport racer, team manager and TNT Sports commentator. Michael talks us through the challenges of owning a Moto3 team, the state of Honda's Moto3 machine, and how the arrival of Pirelli might change the class. 

He also gives his perspective on the state of MotoGP, as someone with a deep understanding of the sport. And the crew run through one or two bits of news, and look ahead to the team launches coming up. 

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 378: WorldSBK Testing Preview - What Will The New Rules Bring?

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As on-track action draws nearer and nearer for the WorldSBK class, Steve English and Gordon Ritchie get together to look ahead to the tests for the World Superbike classes at Jerez and Portimão which start next week. There is much to talk about, and many questions to be answered. How will Toprak Razgatlioglu fare on the BMW, and will he drive development in the wrong direction for the other BMW riders? Will he extra revs Ducati are getting back cancel out the additional weight Alvaro Bautista will have to carry? What can Jonathan Rea do on the Yamaha? Will Alex Lowes be able to fill the gap left by Rea at Kawasaki? And what effect will all of the behind-the-scenes changes have on the series?

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 377: Looking To 2024 - Silly Season Preview, Will Marquez Win, Can Honda Recover, And Other Stories

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A new year, and a new episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Neil, David, Adam and Steve take a look ahead at the big stories of 2024, and how we expect them to develop. How will Pedro Acosta adapt to MotoGP, and the KTM? How soon before Marc Marquez gets up to speed on the Gresini Ducati, and can he challenge for the title? Who moves first in MotoGP's epic silly season to come? Will Jorge Martin be the prime target, or will it be Fabio Quartararo? And can Honda and Yamaha become competitive again?

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 376 - MotoGP Season Review: What We Loved, What We Hated, And Favorite Races

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The final show of 2023, and it's time to take a look back at a hectic MotoGP season. Adam, Neil, David and Steve discuss their rating for the 2023 MotoGP season, their race of the year, rider of the year, surprise of the year, what they loved and what they hated about 2023. Plus we pick our personal favorite moment of the year. Something for everyone in this episode!

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 375 - Trackhouse Racing's Justin Marks On Taking Over A MotoGP Team

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The arrival of Trackhouse Racing to take over the CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP team caused quite the shock at the final race of 2023. Fans and media alike were left with a lot of questions. Fortunately, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew are on hand to get answers to those questions straight from the horse's mouth. Justin Marks, ex-NASCAR racer and owner of Trackhouse Racing, tells Adam, Steve, and Neil how he ended up with a MotoGP team, what attracted him, what his goals are for the 2024 season and beyond, and whether he believes he can be a conduit for more American involvement in MotoGP.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 374 - WorldSBK Testing, Razgatlioglu On The BMW, Sam Lowes On The Ducati, And What MotoGP Can Learn From WorldSBK

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MotoGP may have packed up for the moment, but WorldSBK still had a couple of novelties to throw at us. In this episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast, Steve English and Gordo Ritchie are joined by David Emmett to chew over Toprak Razgatlioglu's debut on the BMW, and Sam Lowes' first ride on a WorldSBK Ducati. We have interviews with both riders, and Steve, David, and Gordo have a deeper, philosophical conversation about the differences between WorldSBK and MotoGP, and what the two series can learn from each other. We also give our top tips for the gift-giving season.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 373 - Valencia Test Review, New Team Imminent, And Freddie Spencer Interview

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Another day, another episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast. Adam Wheeler, David Emmett and Neil Morrison chew over the events of the Valencia test, including an assessment of Marc Marquez' first outing on the Ducati, and Pedro Acosta's impressive debut on the Tech3 GasGas. We also discuss Honda's prospects with their new MotoGP bike, what Yamaha have changed, and whether it is enough, and whether we should take Maverick Viñales topping the timesheets in Valencia seriously.

We also take a look at the arrival of a new team in MotoGP to take the place of RNF, and why so many sponsors in motorsports are opaque at best. And Adam sits down for a long interview with Freddie Spencer, to look back at 40 years of the American winning his first 500cc title in 1983.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 372 - WorldSBK Round Table - The Past And Future Of World Superbikes

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Ahead of the final round of WorldSBK at Jerez, Steve English and Gordo Ritchie were joined by Speedweek reporter Ivo Schützbach and WorldSBK commentator Alex Raby to look at the state of the World Superbike championship. In a wide-ranging and at times philosophical discussion, the team talk over Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea switching teams, the 2024 rules and weight balancing regulations, and how difficult it is to balance a championship based on motorcycles which manufacturers have to sell.

It is a fascinating conversation, and one worth listening to multiple times, to get a deeper understanding of the series.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 371 - Valencia's MotoGP Grand Finale, And The CryptoDATA RNF Saga

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The 2023 MotoGP season is done, and the newly crowned MotoGP champion is a familiar face. We discuss how Pecco Bagnaia successfully defended his MotoGP crown, how Jorge Martin went all in and came up short, the Martin-Marc Marquez crash, and more. We also take a dive into the CryptoDATA RNF saga, and ask what next for the team.

Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 370 - Was The MotoGP Title Decided By Michelin?

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Was the MotoGP title decided by bad tires at the penultimate round of MotoGP? Neil, Adam, David, and Steve dive into the difficulties Michelin faced at the Lusail International Circuit thanks to the new circuit. Were the tires to blame Jorge Martin's miserable race on Sunday? Where has Fabio Di Giannanontonio's burst of form come from? Is Aleix Espargaro's excitable nature good or bad for MotoGP? And we talk about the controversial Moto3 race which saw Jaume Masia lift the 2023 Moto3 crown.