Paddock Pass Podcast #130 – Sepang MotoGP Test

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Episode 130 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this one gives us all the happenings at the official MotoGP test in Sepang.

For this show, David Emmett is joined on the mics by a special guest, respected racing journalist Manuel Pecino. The pair walks us through the various headlines and highlights that happened in Malaysia, as we get ready for the start of the MotoGP season.

Though the show is less than an hour long in duration, David and Manuel cover in-depth a number of key topics, including what’s happening at each of the six MotoGP factory teams.

There is also talk about the new rear tire that Michelin has brought to the paddock, and what consequences it is having inside the garages, as well as on the race track.

Of key focus is the changes afoot in the Yamaha team, with Valentino Rossi leaving the Monster Yamaha squad next year, as well as his possible retirement. 

Conversely, there is much to talk about at Repsol Honda, as Marc Marquez seems to have solidified his hold over the development of the Honda RC213V.

But, a considerable amount of time was spent talking about Ducati, and how the Italian squad plans to win the MotoGP World Championship. Will that be with Andrea Dovizioso, and is the Italian capable of being the MotoGP champ? It’s an interesting conversation between David and Manuel on this topic.

Next is Suzuki, which saw good pace from Rins and Mir, though the GSX-RR was making some interesting smells at Sepang, which could be a sign of an interesting development.

Lastly, Dani Pedrosa seems to be making strides at KTM, and the Aprilia RS-GP seems to be the long-awaited upgrade that Noale’s riders have been asking for.

As usual, the show is packed with great commentary from the guys regarding what is going on in the paddock, and we think you will really enjoy listening to Manuel’s unique insights into the MotoGP paddock.

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