After a huge weekend at the Grand Prix of Europe at Valencia, the Paddock Pass Podcast crew gather to discuss the events which saw Joan Mir take a big step towards the MotoGP title in 2020. Steve English, Neil Morrison, and David Emmett give their view on how the weekend shook out.
We start off with a discussion of Suzuki, why the GSX-RR is so good straight out of the box, and what role their test and development team have played. We talk about what got Joan Mir to this position in the first place, and Davide Brivio’s choice of Joan Mir and Alex Rins to lead Suzuki’s charge. And we ask whether Joan Mir already has the championship in the bag, or whether something could go wrong.
We also take a look at the flip side of the championship coin, taking a deep dive into where everything – and it was absolutely everything – went wrong for Yamaha at Valencia. We review the valve situation and how Yamaha got that wrong. We look at the effects it had on the championship, and on Maverick Viñales needing to take an extra engine and start from pit lane as a result. We ponder what this means for Yamaha in 2021, and whether they can come back from this.
There was also a huge amount of news on Monday and Tuesday, and we go through that: the implications of Andrea Iannone’s four-year ban imposed by the CAS; Andrea Dovizioso’s decision to take a sabbatical, and whether that means he will end up retiring; Jorge Lorenzo’s situation with Cal Crutchlow set to take a role as a Yamaha test rider; and the importance of a test team in general.
We finish up with a few listener questions, and then our round of winners and losers from this weekend. Listen in to find out how hard all three of us work not to pick the obvious choice of Joan Mir as the weekend’s big winner.
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