Episode 194 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this show is the second of three season-preview shows that we will be releasing this week. This must mean that we are talking about the start of the Moto2 Championship.
To start things off, the guys debate who they expect to be favorites for the Moto2 title in 2021, who they think will will surprise in the class, and what the influx of rookies from Moto3 will add to the class.
They discuss the relative merits of Sam Lowes, Jake Dixon, Remy Gardner, Aron Canet, Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Di Giannantonio, and more. They debate whether Raul Fernandez, Tony Arbolino, or Albert Arenas will finish as fastest rookie. And they discuss the American riders Joe Roberts and Cameron Beaubier.
The show also takes a deep dive into what it takes to win in Moto2 as well, and discuss the size of the challenge facing Beaubier, as he comes in from riding Superbikes in MotoAmerica.
There is also a discussion on how the Triumph engines have changed Moto2, and how the class has evolved over the season.
Highlight of the show is the interview with Moto2 title favorite Sam Lowes. Lowes talks about his success in 2020, and what changed to make it possible. He talks about the lessons learned through his tough year in MotoGP with Aprilia, and how he views a return to the premier class. Lowes as as honest as he was insightful.
In finale, the guys offer their predictions for both 2021 Moto2 champion and the rider we expect to be a surprise. 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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