Paddock Pass Podcast #89 – WorldSBK Season Review

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Episode 89 of the Paddock Pass Podcast is out, and in it we see David Emmett, Steve English, and Jensen Beeler on the mics, as we cover the 2018 WorldSBK Championship season.

The conversation starts with the champions, Jonathan Rea and the Kawasaki Racing Team, and we discuss how this has become the wining package in the WorldSBK paddock, especially with the contrasting fortunes of Tom Sykes.

The discussion includes a short interview with Leon Haslam, as he got his leg over the KRT-spec superbike during the Jerez post-season test.

Moving to Ducati Corse, we look at what the Panigale V4 R means for the WorldSBK Championship, and whether it will be an honest bid for top podium step next season.

This takes us down a road looking at the performances of both Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri, especially how it concerns the Italian rider leaving the Italian superbike team.

Next up, we turn to the Yamaha garage, and what that team needs to make the next step in its development. Alex Lowes shares with us some choice words in debrief about what Yamaha needs to do in order to be a Championship contender, which you won’t want to miss.

The show ends with a quick chat about Honda, performance balancing, and the future of superbikes on the production side of the equation.

It is a super interesting show, whether you are a WorldSBK regular or not, and we think you will enjoy what Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes have to tell us. Their full-length interviews are available to Paddock Pass Podcast patrons, and accessible through our Patreon page.

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Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.