Episode 161 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this one sees Steve English and Neil Morrison on the mics, first talking about the second WorldSBK round at Motorland Aragon, and then looking ahead at the MotoGP round at Misano.
Looking into the World Superbike paddock, the guys talk about how Jonathan Rea came away from the back-to-back race weekend at Aragon with with a comfortable lead in the WorldSBK Championship.
The pair also discuss how crew chief contributed to Rea’s result, with some insight on the mental side of motorcycle racing. From there, Neil and Steve then go on to talk about the implications for the rest of the championship.
For instance, the guys have a conversation about how Scott Redding couldn’t manage his tires well enough to be competitive, and whether he worries too much about the downsides of his size and weight to exploit the advantages it can also bring.
Neil and Steve also discuss why the Yamahas had a relatively mediocre weekend at Aragon, how Honda fared at the track, and who might be in the frame for a ride there.
With Michael Ruben Rinaldi having an outstanding weekend, that leads on to a debate on what is happening in the WorldSBK silly season, which seats are open and who could end up going where.
To finish out the show, we give a quick look ahead at the upcoming MotoGP weekend at Misano. Will Yamaha recover from its ills? Can KTM keep up the momentum on the podium steps?
What happens for Ducati? Can Suzuki do well? Will the Moto2 class continue to serve up exciting racing? And can Albert Arenas keep control of the Moto3 class? Only time will tell.
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