Episode 46: Barcelona IRTA Official Test and Laguna Seca Interview

* News Tidbits
* Barcelona Test Report
* Review of "What If I Hadn't Tried It", by Jules Cisek
* Interview with Laguna Seca PR Guys

Another gigantor show today, loads of good stuff. There's a few news items I want to pass on about MotoGP, World Superbike and AMA. Then, we'll do a real quick and hasty Barcelona IRTA test report, followed by a review of Valentino Rossi's autobiographical book "What If I Had Never Tried It", recorded by Jules Cisek, aka popmonkey from RideOnTwo.com. After that, we've got a way cool interview with Reece White and Andrew Leisner, of none other than Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Reece and Andy spent some time on the phone with me talking about the improvements that are happening at Laguna Seca and the plans that are being put in place for this year's Red Bull US Grand Prix in July.

Links this episode:
Kneedraggin' Motorcycle Podcast at http://kneedraggin.libsyn.com
Daytona Superbike Qualifying Press Conference Transcript on SuperBikePlanet.com at http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2006/Mar/060309ai.htm
What If I Had Never Tried It Review on RideOnTwo.com at http://www.rideontwo.com/news/review-what-if-i-had-never-tried-it/
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at http://www.laguna-seca.com
Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau at http://www.montereyinfo.org

Episode 45: Qatar WSBK From Both Sides and a Conversation with Dreb

* Qatar Superbike Eyewitness Report
* Chat with Liam About Working in Qatar
* Conversation with Dreb About AMA

A great lineup of guests on the show again this week! It is another long one, but chock full of entertaining good stuff. First off, we have an eyewitness account of what it's like to attend a race at Losail in Qatar, written by MotoGPod listener Jody Vogel. After that, we talk with Liam Shubert in Spain about his weekend, which was also spent in Qatar. So, we've got views of the World Superbike opener from both the grandstands and the pit garage! We wrap up the show today with a phone call to Speed TV's very own Brian Drebber about AMA and the general state of racing in 2006.

Links this episode:
Jody Vogel's Qatar photos at http://homepage.mac.com/macgeek2112/WSBK/
"What If He Hadn't Tried It?" on RideOnTwo at http://www.rideontwo.com/news/what-if-he-never-tried-it-ro2-has-answers/
Liam's Wild Ride on BARF at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/liamwildride.php

Episode 44: MotoGP/WSBK Comparo, SportVue, WSBK Qatar Quali

* World Superbike Qatar Qualifying Session 1 Report
* MotoGP/World Superbike comparo with Ross Flewell-Smith
* Dominic Dobson/SportVue interview

The good stuff just keeps on coming for MotoGPod lately, so just like the last few shows, we have a lot of cool stuff. MotoGPod listener Ross Flewell-Smith helps out with a research into lap times and other comparisons of MotoGP to World Superbike, so we have a conversation about that. We've also got an interview with Dominic Dobson, President and CEO of Motion Research Corporation, manufacturers of the SportVue, a really cool device designed for riders that gives you a helmet mounted display for speed, rpm, and gear. Also, World Superbike starts the season with Round 1 in Qatar and we have a qualifying report.

Links this episode:
E-mail Paul Henshaw/MotoNostalgia at mailto:paul.henshaw64@virgin.net
RideOnTwo.com at http://www.rideontwo.com
Sometimes it sucks to live in a small town... post in Ro2 forum at http://www.rideontwo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=346
TT Tourist Trophy at http://www.playstation.jp/scej/title/tt/ (Japanese site. Click on "Bikes" and "Courses")
Official World Superbike site at http://www.worldsbk.com
Ross Flewell-Smith MotoGP/WSBK Comparo Excel spreadsheet at http://www.motopodcast.com/downloads/bike-comparo.xls.zip
SportVue Wireless Heads Up Display at http://www.sportvue.com

Episode 43: Back to Sepang

* Liam Shubert update
* Report on Sepang Test #3
* Interview with racer Kenny Noyes

We start off today's episode with a phone call to Liam Shubert in Spain, just to touch base with him and see what's new. After that, there's a report on the MotoGP test sessions that just took place in Sepang, some fairly intriguing results going on and a few observations, and then we'll wrap the show up with a cool interview with racer Kenny Noyes.

Links this episode:
Motorcycle Podcast Group at http://www.motorcyclepodcastgroup.com
Liam's Wild Ride at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/liamwildride.php
Kenny Noyes' website at http://www.kennynoyes.com

Episode 42: So, What Is That Firing Order, Anyway?

- This episode sponsored by WISYNOIL at wisynoil.com -

* Qatar Test Report
* Max McAllister suspension part 2
* Chuck Aksland interview

We've got a quick report for the testing that took place in Qatar this past week, we have the second part of our chat with Max McAllister from Traxxion Dynamics to finish up the suspension tech segment. And then we're going to finish up today with another telephone interview, this one with Chuck Aksland, general manager for Team Roberts! I have to admit, I was pretty well floored and more than a little proud when I found out Chuck listened to MotoGPod, and he was nice enough to spend some time on the phone with me talking about the state of the team and some of their hopes for the season and what's going on with the motorcycle and all kinds of good stuff.

Links this episode:
WISYNOIL, an Independent AMSOIL Dealer at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/wisynoil.php
Jules Cisek's US GP Photos at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/popmonkeyusgp05.php
RideOnTwo.com at http://www.rideontwo.com
Liam's Wild Ride at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/liamwildride.php
Traxxion Dynamics at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/traxxion.php

Episode 41: Phillip Island Test, Liam Update, and We Talk With Max. No, not that Max!

* News Update (Max, Carlos, and the gang...)
* Liam Shubert interview
* Tech Segment #5- Suspension part 2a (Max McAllister interview)

Really big show today, lots of great stuff. We start off with some general MotoGP news with a quick report about the Phillip Island tests that happened this past week, and then we have a phone interview with Liam Shubert, the guy who moved to Spain to be MotoGP team mechanic. And we'll finish up with part 2a of the suspension tech segment, and that's another phone call, this one with Max McAllister of Traxxion Dynamics. Very good show, hope you enjoy it!

Links this episode:
Liam's Wild Ride at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/liamwildride.php
Traxxion Dynamics at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/traxxion.php
Trophy Suite at Laguna Seca at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/stevejones.php
Motorcycle Podcast Group at http://www.motorcyclepodcastgroup.com

Episode 40: Sepang Test #2 and Mert Lawwill Interview

* This Week's News
* Sepang Tests
* Mert Lawwill Interview

Got some good stuff today, first with some general MotoGP news, mostly silly season continued, then a report about the testing that took place at Sepang in Malaysia this past week, and then our tech segment today kind of diverges a little from the tech of MotoGP and we're going to talk with AMA Grand National Champion Mert Lawwill a little bit about an interesting device that he manufactures that allows riders to use a prosthetic arm for riding. Anyone who has ever seen the movie On Any Sunday will remember Mert Lawwill, and Mert was nice enough to do a phone interview.

Links this episode:
Ducati Factory Museum photos from Gordon Inch at http://www.motopodcast.com/photos/2006-01_DucatiFactory/2006-01_DucatiFa...
Mert Lawwill's website at http://www.mertlawwill.com

Episode 39: First Vale, Now Max?

* Tasty News Tidbits
* Max Tests Formula 1 Car
* Tech Segment #4- Frame

More Formula 1 testing? What is this? Well, it fills the gaps. The interview with Max McAllister didn't work out yet, I'm still working on it. In the meantime, we've got some news and we'll move on with the tech segments to the frame.

Links this episode:
Trophy Suite at Laguna Seca at http://www.motopodcast.com/redirect/stevejones.php
Chris Ashmore's photos from the Cycle World show at http://www.motopodcast.com/photos/2005_CycleWorldShow/2005_CycleWorldSho...
2006 American Roadracer Calendar at http://www.americanroadracer.com
Interesting article about Rake and Trail experiments at http://www.tonyfoale.com/Articles/RakeEx/RakeEx.htm

Episode 38: So, Tobacco Companies Are OK Again?

- This episode sponsored by WISYNOIL at wisynoil.com -

* Yamaha Sponsored by... Camel?!?
* Andy Caldecott, 1964-2006
* Biaggi & Barros to World Superbike, Maybe Checa to Yamaha?
* Tech Segment #3- Suspension, Part 1

Some surprising news on the sponsorship front today, sad news from Dakar, and the four middle aged B-Boys find a home in World Superbike. After that, we'll continue the MotoGP Tech Segments with #3, Suspensions Part 1. Complete with pictures!

Links this episode:
BBC Motorcycle Racing Schedule at http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/motorbikes/calendar/default.stm
Suspension Pictures at MotoGPod at http://www.motopodcast.com/suspensions.php
Elf 3 GP Racer 1986 photos at http://www.europark.com/machines/ny-elf500p1988.htm
EuroPark website at http://www.europark.com

Episode 37: Pons Packs It In

* Cape Breton Festival of Speed Official Website Launched
* ESPN Taiwan Drops MotoGP
* Pons Pulls Out of MotoGP
* Mini E-mail Interview with Nicky Hayden
* Tech Segment #2 - Brakes

Oh, wow, a couple of discouraging news items this week. To balance that out, we have some good news about the Cape Breton Festival of Speed, a very mini e-mail interview with Nicky Hayden, and the second installment of the MotoGP Tech Segments.

Links this episode:
MotoCast at http://motocast.libsyn.com
Roadracer Podcast at http://roadracerpodcast.blogspot.com
V-Twin Journal at http://www.vtwinjournal.com
Cape Breton Festival of Speed at http://www.cbfestivalofspeed.com
The Sportbikes Website at http://www.sportbikes.ws
MotoGPod Store at http://www.cafepress.com/motogpod

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