Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 157: Reviewing MotoGP At Brno And WorldSBK At Portimao
This week’s episode of the Paddock Pass Podcast is something of a bumper episode, with racing happening both in the Czech Republic and in Portugal, but fortunately, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew have both MotoGP and WorldSBK covered.
Neil Morrison and David Emmett kick off the show, with a discussion of a thrilling and fascinating MotoGP race at Brno. We kick off with a review of the state of the track, which caused so many problems for a lot of the riders, and helped create a surprising and exciting race. Neil and David spend plenty of time discussing the achievement of Brad Binder, the South African rookie winning just his third ever MotoGP race. That naturally leads on to a discussion of KTM, and their road to success, and what comes next.
Neil and David have plenty more to talk about, including the incident between Johann Zarco and Pol Espargaro, which saw Espargaro crash out of the race after contact with Zarco. Racing incident or worthy of a penalty? We talk about Franco Morbidelli’s well-deserved first podium, Fabio Quartararo’s face-saving 7th place, Maverick Viñales’ dismal 14th position, and what is going on at Ducati.
The discussion of how factories deal with a spec tire naturally segues in to the same situation in the WorldSBK series. The Paddock Pass Podcast WorldSBK division, consisting of Steve English and Gordon Ritchie, take a look at the contrasts between the races at Jerez and at Portimao, with Ducati being exceptional in Spain and Jonathan Rea dominating in Portugal.
Steve and Gordo then have a fascinating conversation about where the next WorldSBK champions will come from, and which series will act as feeder series. They examine how MotoGP’s talent pool can sometimes trickle across, and how the differences between BSB and other national series, and WorldSBK, make it more difficult and provide fewer incentives to transfer. They also talk about the role of wildcards, and how the different technical regulations between series have made it harder for teams and riders to enter as wildcards.
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