Episode 105 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this one is a WorldSBK show. As such, this means that we see Steve English joined by Gordon Ritchie on the mics, as they are now our WorldSBK reporting duo for the 2019 season.
Recording straight from Spain, the guys talk about the on-track action at Jerez, where everyone is still talking about the coming together of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, in their final-lap incident in Race 1.
Before the guys get into that controversy though, they have a long discussion about Alvaro Bautista and how the Spaniard uses his Pirelli tires to his advantage.
This creates a long conversation about tires, tire management, bike setup, and the unique characteristics of the Pirelli superbike slicks, which is quite interesting to hear.
This conversation then morphs into why Chaz Davies is struggling on the Panigale V4 R, while Bautista triumphs, and how the Italian squad is trying to make its new racing platform work for all its riders – a process not too dissimilar from what Yamaha has already gone through.
For a treat, the show ends with Tom Sykes joining Steve English on the mics, as the Yorkshireman tells us about his through racing, which has brought him to racing with the SMR BMW S1000RR package this year.
As always, Steve and Gordo have a ton of insight into the superbike class, and share it with all of us listening, so if you are a WorldSBK fan – or Superbike curious – then you won’t want to miss their discussion.
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