Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 193 – MotoGP Season Preview with Simon Crafar

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Episode 193 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this one is one of three season-preview shows that we will be releasing this week. Of course, we are starting with the MotoGP Championship

On the mics, we have Steve English, David Emmett, and Adam Wheeler, and they are joined by MotoGP pitlane reporter and ex-grand prix racer Simon Crafar.

Simon brings with him a host of information and knowledge from a life in the paddock, and it was a genuine pleasure and privilege to have him on the show.

The show starts off with Simon talking a little bit about his career post-racing, his Motovudu track days/instruction school, and books, before diving into the 2021 season. From there, the crew runs through the six factory teams in the MotoGP Championship.

There was a lot to discuss, as you can imagine. We debate whether this is Jack Miller’s year. Whether we might see a revival in Valentino Rossi’s fortunes. Which Yamaha rider will come out on top (and whether that might be Franco Morbidelli on the oldest of the Yamahas).

What we expect from the rich crop of rookies. Whether Aprilia really have turned a corner, and what the news that Andrea Dovizioso is to test the bike means for the Italian factory.

The podcast also ponders whether Suzuki can repeat their success of 2020, and what impact the absence of team boss Davide Brivio will make. From there, we look at KTM, and what to expect from the factory that made such a huge leap forward in 2020.

And of course we examine Honda, what Marc Marquez’ return to riding a street bike means, and how soon he will return to racing in MotoGP again. Naturally, events caught up with us after we recorded this on Saturday, with the news on Monday that Marc Marquez had chosen to skip the first two races in Qatar.

As always, the conversation is insightful and lively, and it helps prime us for the start of the MotoGP season this weekend.

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