MotoPod, The Motorcycle Roadracing Podcast, is an internet radio show dedicated to MotoGP and motorcycle racing news, interviews, commentary, opinion and rumour! Our primary focus is MotoGP, the premier class of the FIM World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix Road Racing Series but we often have occasional sidetrips into the world of the FIM SBK World Superbike, Supersport and many other forms of two wheeled motorsport including Real Roads racing. Find out what’s going on in the sports that is the pinnacle of motorsports, Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racing! New episodes every week.
Wayne Gardner 00:21:33
John Boote 01:09:42
Lewis McEwen and Craig Hemsworth 01:24:05
Jed Metcher 01:39:07
Motorcycles are back to going around in circles as quickly as they as the world returns to its natural state: with the sound of 1000cc engines filling the air. Harry Lloyd and Dave Neal are back once again to talk news, gossip and intrigue as several teams shift between the MotoGP and WSBK paddock as the start of 2016 draws ever closer. WSBK completed a test at Jerez so we finally have some times to compare, but as Jim always says ‘it’s just testing’. There has also been some racing on down in Australia as Phil Hall brings us the first of his beloved Phillip Island Classic interviews, more to come in the following weeks. Now it’s all eyes on Sepang…
With the first Sepang Test just a week away, riders and teams are frantically packing, training and revealing new liveries in preparation. Harry Lloyd and Dave Neal are back once again to talk about how bikes have or haven’t changed from 2015 and how headlights impact deign. With racing still over a month away there’s already some big news happening as injuries are already happening and one racing’s best known names takes a year off…
Dave Neal and Harry Lloyd bring MotoPod into 2016 with a smattering of news from a quiet off season. Luckily it’s not all MotoGP fashion updates as we also go over the 2016 rules which should make everything a lot easier to understand. The days of CRTs versus aliens and Open bikes are gone as MotoGP looks to continue to build on a strong 2015. If doing a podcast every week and trying to keep track of three major racing series wasn’t enough, Harry has also set himself a rather ominous task to answer the age old question…
Harry Lloyd and Len Padilla have just about managed to get themselves cleaned up after a lovely little outing to the Superprestigio in Barcelona. There was racing, crashing, screaming teenage girls and anything else you could want in a race weekend. It might be pitched as a bit of fun at the end of the year but when the visor drops all of them are pushing to the limit. Even with a line of people waiting for Marquez there’s something very down to earth and real about flat tracking.
Josh Hayes and Taylor Knapp 00:18:41
Mat Mladin 00:28:11
Jim Race and Harry Lloyd quickly link up to run over the testing times from Jerez. Ducati are looking strong yet again but could Honda still be struggling? Everything is getting wrapped up for the winter as the two month testing ban has officially begun, fear not there will of course be MotoPod throughout to keep your ears filled with bike chat. There’s still the Superprestigio in Barcelona to go as a final bike racing send off for 2015.
Martin Darlington and Jules Cisek answer listener feedback and then go through the wild and crazy racing from Valencia as the season comes to a close. We talk a bit about the washed out testing. Meanwhile after 6 months of back and forth TXTs, Jim Race finally nabs Brett McCormick again ;)
Jules Cisek and Martin Darlington noodle on some listener feedback and interesting news here and there prior to the upcoming last round of the world championship racing season. Meanwhile Jim Race has an amazing (and long) conversation with Josh Hayes. Sit back and enjoy, it's awesome.
00:40:18 Ben Spies
00:42:23 Dr. Martin Raines
01:28:52 Geoff Maloney
02:05:35 Steve Rapp
02:08:44 Stefan Bradl
02:11:07 Lucio Cecchinello
02:23:05 Dr. Martin Raines (part 2)
Jim Race and Jules Cisek return from the Indianapolis GP with interviews, rumours, news, and all sorts of Good Stuff™. We also answer some very interesting listener feedback and completely fail to mention the awesome meetup we had on Saturday in front of the IMS Pagoda. Thanks to everyone who came out!
Interviews from Ben Spies of Factory Yamaha Racing, Dr. Martin Raines, the official MotoGP statistician, Geoff Maloney of GP Tech, a wildcard CRT at Indy, Steve Rapp, of Attack Performance and the other wildcard at Indy, and Stefan Bradl and Lucio Cecchinello of LCR Honda. Plus don't forget to listen to the end of the show. Lots of fun clips from this year's Riders for Health auction.
Post call errata: Casey Stoner hurt his *right* foot, not his left.
Jim Race and Jules Cisek return from Utah and Miller Motorsports Park and the WSBK/AMA races there. Intriguing races have lead to unusual results with the, by far, winningest rider now just 5th in the WC! But first we go through tons of listener email (and not all of it about Casey Stoner) and Jim had a couple chats at the track as well.
From the show via D.Edmiston:
"In case you're curious about the whole bore/stroke/piston speed calculations.
stroke = displacement / (pi/4 x bore^2 x number of cylinders)
rpm = piston speed in fpm x 6 / stroke in inches
Normal materials somewhat dictate a mean piston speed of 25.4 m/s max (5000fpm), but pushing 26.5m/s isn't too crazy to think they [ducati] can get away with from R&D and still last the 1200km or so the engines need to."
Jules Cisek and Martin Darlington cover the entertaining (for many reasons) MotoGP weekend in Le Mans but not before some listener feedback and a lot of conjecture around the retirement announcement of Casey Stoner (and no, dammit, we are not bashing the guy!). Some sobering news as well with the death of Mark Buckley at the NW200 with perspective from Mark Miller who talked with Jim Race about that and more.