Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 208 – WorldSBK at Aragon

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Episode 208 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and this one is a WorldSBK show, which means that this one sees Steve English and Gordon Ritchie on the mics.

The pair talk about the WorldSBK season-opener at Motorland Aragon, and the superbike racing action that ensued at the Spanish track.

Normally, WorldSBK kicks off in Phillip Island in February, but instead it started in Aragon in May. What effect did that have?

They talk about the excellent racing that Aragon produced, at a track which has been less conducive to good racing in the past. They discuss why that happened, and what to expect going forward.

They spend a good deal of time discussing how the weather affected the racing, and how tire choice proved to be decisive.

They discuss the role intermediates played in the difficult conditions, and how Scott Redding gambled on slicks to pull off a remarkable win in Race 2.

Steve also interviews Pirelli boss Giorgio Barbieri, who explains how tires are chosen, and the relative merits of the SC0 and SCX tires in the dry.

Steve and Gordo review the relative strength of the WorldSBK grid after the first race, whether Jonathan Rea is still invincible, how strong the Kawasaki really is, the improvements by Yamaha and BMW, and more.

They also give a quick update on what happened in World Supersport, and in the WorldSSP300 class.

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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