Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 143: Retro Review – MotoGP 2015 (Part 2)

by | May 7, 2020 | Latest News, MotoGP, Paddock Pass Podcast, Retro Racing | 0 comments

In the second part of our look back at the historic 2015 MotoGP season, Neil Morrison, Steve English, and David Emmett review the dramatic events of the second half of that year. The period from the German GP at the Sachsenring through to Phillip Island saw some of the most eventful and thrilling races MotoGP has ever seen.

We start off discussing how the momentum of the season swayed back and forth between Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, with Lorenzo drawing level on points after the race in Brno, before Rossi took back the lead with an outstanding win in the wet at Silverstone.

We then dive into the bizarre and dramatic dry-wet-dry race at Misano, which saw surprise podiums for Bradley Smith and Scott Redding, and Jorge Lorenzo make a mistake which could have cost him the championship. We discuss how Lorenzo withstood the pressure to bounce back and dominate at Aragon, before heading to the flyaways.

Then we get into the events which would lead to the infamous clash between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez at Sepang. We look at Motegi, and how much that took out of Valentino Rossi. We discuss Marc Marquez’ outstanding victory at Phillip Island, in what would become one of the greatest MotoGP races of all time. Then we discuss the events of Sepang and Valencia, which cast a pall over the 2015 MotoGP season.

We revisit our opinions of who was to blame at Sepang, and how the race in Valencia played out. And we finish up taking a look at the legacy of the 2015 season, and what it meant for the futures of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, and for the profile of MotoGP as a whole.

if you missed the first part of our 2015 season review, you can go back and listen to it again here.

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