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September 30, 2022 Episode #399: 2022 MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix Report

Episode #399: 2022 MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix Report

Kare wa Jyakku Miraa desu. Jyakkasu he youkoso! (He’s Jack Miller, welcome to Jackass!)

MotoGP’s gauntlet of flyaways continue as the sport heading to the first Japanese Grand Prix since 2019. And despite the world slowly returning to normal, more wacky shit would go down as Jack Miller would not only win his 4th ever MotoGP race, he’d dominate it too.

It was a picture perfect performance. Aggressive off the start to get to the front, and then the pace he delivered made him uncatchable. We discuss whether it was the biggest win of his career to date, and the podium behind him of LORD Brad Binder and Jorge Martin behind him!

Another headliner behind him, was Marc Marquez! And in his first full race back since his surgery, he sticks it on pole on the rain, and then goes on to finish 4th, just 7 seconds off the win. Honestly, it’s surprising that he finds new ways to surprise us at this point. We gush over the latest phase of his comeback.

We also talk about the mess that was the title picture. Quartararo – Stuck in the midfield. Bagnaia – Binned it trying to overtake him via a divebomb on the final lap. Aleix Espargaro – Out of the points after having to start from the back after his bike was stuck in “fuel save” mode. And Enea Bastianini? Stuck in 10th again. Does anyone want to win this title?

And the breaking news that MotoGP will be heading to India and Kazakhstan in 2023. What do we make of the changes?

All that and more on another Motorsport101… PS: There might have been a hint in there about Episode 400. More on that soon.

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September 25, 2022 Episode #398: The 2022 IndyCar Season Review

Episode #398: The 2022 IndyCar Season Review

It’s been a fun ride for IndyCar in 2022, and to round off our coverage for the season, he’s an extended 90 minute special season review to talk about the state of the field at the end of the season.

We go team by team to talk about their drivers individually, where their teams are at, and what could be coming going forward. For example – AJ Foyt were clearly the worst, and Kyle Kirkwood was a bit of a bust, hopefully the Andretti moves help, but can we stop this team from being sorry?

Has McLaren leapt over Andretti into the Big 3? Was Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta and Alex Palou’s potential moves distractions? Is Meyer Shank going places with an Indy500 death line up with an average age of 43?

What about Rahal Letterman Lanigan? The three car expansion didn’t go to plan with Harvey having a dreadful season, but Christian Lundgaard finishing as the year’s top rookie? And is Jimmie Johnson coming back?

All that and so much on Motorsport101, extended edition! Special thanks to everyone who listened and read our coverage this year, we’ll be back in February for the 2023 season!

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September 22, 2022 Episode #397: 2022 MotoGP Grand Prix of Aragon Report

Episode #397: 2022 MotoGP Grand Prix of Aragon Report

And just like that, the Championship is back on and it’s probably a four-way.

Welcome to Aragon, the biggest Championship flashpoint of the season so far and it all centered around Marc Marquez and the return from his fourth surgery on his arm after nearly four months out. And he looked like the Marc of old… in every sense.

At the front of the field, Enea Bastianini stopped the four-race winning streak of Bagnaia in a tough, fierce fight that went to the final lap and just 0.04 seconds between them yet again! But further back, on the opening Lap 1, a Marc mistake on corner exit led to Championship leader Fabio Quartararo riding into him and crashing! And with it, we have the Top 3 of the title race just 17 points back, and Enea Bastianini back in contention at -48. We break down all the action and chaos. Is Bagnaia the title favourite?

We also talk about the viral Moto3 incident that had team mechanics from Max Biaggi’s racing team deliberately stop a rider from exiting the pitlane! In a never before seen moment, we try to make sense of the action, the punishment and all the in-between!

All that and more on Motorsport101!

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September 18, 2022 Episode #396: 2022 IndyCar Grand Prix of Monterrey Report

Episode #396: 2022 IndyCar Grand Prix of Monterrey Report

And so it came to be that the battle for the Astor Cup went all the way to the final round at Laguna Seca, and we had drama all the way through to the end.

Will Power dominated qualifying ahead of *checks notes* Callum Illot?! To take a record-breaking pole position, one more than the great Mario Andretti. All this while Josef Newgarden spun at the Corkscrew and Scott Dixon just didn’t get out of Round 1.

Josef went from 25th to 2nd in the race in vain, Power took a comfy 3rd like he has all year young, Dixon was nowhere, and… ALEX PALOU WON BY HOW MUCH?!

In this episode, we talk about all the drama that Laguna Seca had off and on the track, all the protagonists. And more on Alex Palou’s crushing win to close out the year and the announcement he made midweek to stay at Chip Ganassi Racing at the #10 car. There’s ramifications with that too, such as Felix Rosenqvist staying at McLaren and all this beef over… F1 tests. F*** sake.

All that and us going over our favourite moments in 2022, on Motorsport101!

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September 16, 2022 Episode #395: 2022 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Report

Episode #395: 2022 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Report

Predictable news, gang: Max Verstappen won. Again. 5 in a row now for the Champion-elect who actually has an outside chance to win the title in Singapore next time out. It’s what winning 11 out of 16 does for a guy. And to be fair, Ferrari didn’t really ahem… “honse” this one, to be honest. Yeah, Sainz had penalties and he drove really well. Leclerc just didn’t have the pace on this one.

The main event on this podcast involved Daniel Ricciardo, a dead McLaren and the race director NOT calling for a red flag as the race ended under Safety Car. But should it have done? Have we as an audience got a bit too zesty for entertainment within the confides of a sport? Is this another Abu Dhabi 21, but without the tension? We debate it on the show!

Also, we had an emergency standing, as poor Alex Albon had to have surgery on his appendix, and Nyck De Vries at the 11th hour takes his seat… and finishes 9th! Was it a debut that was a bit… too good? We discuss where it fits in an ever more complicated 2022 F1 silly season.

All that and more on Motorsport101!

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September 13, 2022 Episode #394: 2022 MotoGP Grand Prix of San Marino Report

Episode #394: 2022 MotoGP Grand Prix of San Marino Report

“We just can’t beat this guy.”

Francesco Bagnaia right now, is that dude. MotoGP’s Grand Prix of San Marino had another outstanding final lap fight win, only this time, it was with his future teammate, Enea Bastianini! Just 0.034 seconds separating the pair over the line in the closest MotoGP race finish in over three years. We break down a colossal fight at the front and put into context just how much of a monster Enea Bastianini is around Misano.

It also gives us a look at the title fight. With Fabio Quartararo only 5th on the day, Bagnaia now has only 30 points to make up in the title race, and he now controls his own destiny. He has to win the final 6 in a row to do it for sure, but with him being the first Ducati rider to ever win 4 in a row, just how much is possible? And can he avoid tucking the front, the Ducati weakness? We break it down.

We also say goodbye to the legend that is 04, the great Andrea Dovizioso. Misano marked his final race and Dre and Cam reminisce over just how good a rider he was, the real kryptonite to Marc Marquez’s prime and hailing to being MotoGP’s “Professor”.

Speaking of, is Marc Marquez coming back early?

And finally, some grim news as the sport announced it’s going to be the latest series to take on Saudi Arabia in the future. We talk about the political influence the series is gathering and some of its hypocrisy in the news it wants more young women as fans. Just how problematic is it?

All that and more on another Motorsporrt101!

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September 10, 2022 Episode #393: 2022 IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland Report

Episode #393: 2022 IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland Report

Just what the IndyCar world needed – Another dominant New Zealander called Scott. But my goodness, he’s driving out of his skin at the moment. In IndyCar’s penultimate race of the year, it was Scott McLaughlin that kept his very thin chances of winning the Astor Cup alive with a lights-to-flag victory. Scott led 104 out of 110 laps and never really looked like losing. Is he the favourite for 2023?

We also give an extended deep dive into the three main contenders going into the season finale. Will Power, a man who’s come alive post Indy 500. 11 Top 4 finishes this season, and with a 2nd in Portland, remains in control with a 20 point lead. Will Power find a way to shrug off the concerns over his luck in title deciders?

Scott Dixon has been a model of consistency as well. His qualifying has been lacking but has always come back as a strong Sunday man. An average finish of under 7 is incredible. But if this doesn’t become Astor Cup #7 for the Kiwi, will his 1mph speed limit breach at the Indy 500 cost him everything for the season?

And then on the other end of the scale, Josef Newgarden. The first man to win 5 races in an IndyCar season since Simon Pagenaud in 2016. THE Oval driver of the season. At times, unstoppable, unfathomable pace. But also, some errors and some bad luck have scattered his season all over the map. Iowa 2’s broken car might have derailed his season without us realising it. Can he launch one final comeback?

We break it all down, as well as the Rookie of the Year fight, on Motorsport101!

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