Everything you need to know from the fascinating world of MotoGP racing, with host Toby Moody, The-Race.com's MotoGP correspondent Simon Patterson, plus special guests. We'll be talking about all the races, the big storylines, and taking the occasional trip back into the sport's rich history as well. Join us for the ride!
How Oliveira smashed the field in the MotoGP finale
The final round of MotoGP's crazy 2020 season was all about one man: local hero Miguel Oliveira, who dominated the race from pole position at the Algarve circuit. Toby Moody and Simon Patterson reflect on the last round of the season, and look at why there was more to it than local knowledge. With another win for KTM to round out the year, they look ahead to the prospects and expectations on the Austrian manufacturer for 2021 now it's established as a MotoGP race winner. There's also talk of Suzuki's weekend to forget, more problems at Yamaha, and why Valentino Rossi should be happy that he's switching from the works team to Petronas, alongside his buddy and 2020 runner-up Franco Morbidelli. Plus, we couldn't ignore the Jorge Lorenzo vs Cal Crutchlow spat that blew up over Yamaha's choice of test rider for next year.
Valencia 2: Why Mir and Suzuki conquered MotoGP's crazy season
MotoGP has a new world champion: Suzuki's Joan Mir. Toby Moody and Simon Patterson reflect on the second race weekend at Valencia, where Mir was crowned for 2020. Simon explains why he was backing Mir much earlier in the season, and what Suzuki got right this year that no other team could. There's also a detailed look at what went wrong for Yamaha's main hopes in Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo, and how the latter's season has completely fallen apart. Toby also raises the question of if Valentino Rossi has become anonymous after single-handedly helping MotoGP to explode throughout the 21st century, and there are some crucial updates on Marc Marquez as it emerges he could even be in a race against time to be fit for the start of 2021. Plus we discuss Jorge Lorenzo's reaction to being replaced by Cal Crutchlow as Yamaha's test rider, and why Andrea Iannone was slapped with the maximum ban on the table in his doping case.
European GP: The decisive blow in the 2020 MotoGP title race
The craziest season in MotoGP's modern era now appears set to crown a champion before the final race of the year. Toby Moody and Simon Patterson get together after the first of Valencia's double header races to discuss how Suzuki and Joan Mir took control of the championship battle, on a weekend where everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Yamaha. There's also a look at KTM's fortunes after a pole position and a podium finish, the futures of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo, how Valentino Rossi's VR46 team will take its first steps into MotoGP's top class next year, plus the latest concerning signs in Marc Marquez's long and difficult recovery from injury.
Yamaha's controversial MotoGP engine penalty explained
The first weekend of MotoGP's Valencia double header has been marred by the row over the penalty Yamaha has picked up for an infringement surrounding its engines. In this special episode of The Race MotoGP Podcast, Toby Moody is joined by Simon Patterson and MotoGP technology expert Neil Spalding to explain what's happened, why rivals are so upset, and the possibility of further ramifications for the championship.
What's gone wrong for Ducati in MotoGP 2020
MotoGP technology guru Neil Spalding joins Toby Moody to discuss the the big talking points under the skin of the 2020 MotoGP bikes so far this year. We start off with an in-depth look at Ducati, which went from being the only credible rival to Marc Marquez and Honda in recent years, to losing its way completely when the Spaniard ended up on the sidelines. Neil explains what hasn't worked for Ducati in 2020, how bad things have got inside the team, and why Johann Zarco could be the secret to its success in the future.
There's also plenty to talk about with the other manufacturers on the grid:
Yamaha: How it has bounced back from those early-season engine problems, but is there more pain to come?
Honda: Why did it end up with a bike that only Marc Marquez could ride, and what has it done recently to become competitive again?
Suzuki: How it's winning this wide-open championship, the secrecy around its updates through the year, and the risk it took with Alex Rins last time out that it won't take with points leader Joan Mir.
KTM: Why has it slipped back since those early-season wins? The explanation is actually quite straightforward, and suggests KTM's in for an even bigger challenge in 2021.
APRILIA: Why the season hasn't matched the high hopes the team had at the beginning of the year. Plus, can it find a star rider for 2021?
MotoGP Aragon 2: Title contenders start to fall away
The second MotoGP race in as many weeks at Aragon threw up just as many surprises as every other race this year. But, as Toby Moody and Simon Patterson explain, a clearer picture is starting to emerge in the championship fight, with some of the contenders starting to fall out of contention, and some big names effectively accepting defeat. And will it matter if the champion at the end of the year hasn't won a race?
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