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April 22, 2016 Episode #36: Shanghai Noon

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! It’s been that kind of week in Motorsport. Alternative titles included: “Handbags at 10 paces”, but I didn’t want to upset some female listeners. So, on this week’s show:

-We actually open the show with Jorge Lorenzo confirming he’s actually doing the damn thing and going to Ducati for 2017. We totally don’t repeat ourselves from last week. Honest.

– We talk A LOT about Formula 1 in China. Nico Rosberg’s 6th consecutive win, whether Hamilton’s already out of the running, the not-so-beeftastic Vettel vs Kyvat clash on Lap 1 and in Parc Ferme, and the ACTUAL beef between Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson that wasn’t as well published.

-Outside of China itself, we talk about Rio Haryanto needing ANOTHER crowdfunder to keep his F1 dreams alive, the negativity coming out of the Sauber camp as momentum gathers regarding the possibility of a Alfa Romeo buyout Woof. Also, we mention how this was the least watched F1 race since Italy 2006 (Amazing given it was the race where Schumi announced his retirement.)

-We also talk IndyCar’s Grand Prix of Long Beach, and in its first Caution-free running since 1989, the pit-exit cut heard around the world as Simon Pagenaud won but in very controversial fashion. Was it the right decision? (Probably). We also mention the context of Simon’s first Penske win and what it means going forward for him, as well as the paddock complaints about the quality of the race, and whether we’re reaching critical mass on the state of the aerokit battle.

Check back in next week, we’ll be talking all about Bernie (again), MotoGP in Jerez, IndyCar in Alabama, eSports and inevitably, about 69 Nascar references. Enjoy!

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