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

Episode 36: Too Many Eggs In One Basket

* Yamaha & Gauloises
* Silly Season Tidbits
* Chris Ashmore Reviews Some Books and a Movie
* Tech Segment #1- Tires

Kind of a slow week for MotoGP news in sheer numbers of news items, but the news that did come out was pretty darn interesting, so I cover some of those news items. Then we have a guest segment from MotoGPod listener Chris Ashmore, who was nice enough to record a review of several books and a movie and the first installment of the MotoGP Tech Segments.

Links this episode:
Leanings by Peter Egan at http://www.whitehorsepress.com/product_info.php?cPath=3&products_id=4090
Leanings 2 by Peter Egan at http://www.whitehorsepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=5202
Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles - Darwin Holmstrom at http://www.idiotsguides.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,603_1592573037,00.html
Dust to Glory - Movie at http://www.d2gfilm.com
Chris Ashmore's e-mail at mailto:christopher.ashmore@gmail.com

Episode 35: Sepang and Jerez Tests, A Little Late

* Hofmann & Cardosa Ride for D'Antin Ducati
* Cecchinello Signs Stoner?
* Camel Pulls Out
* Track Improvements At Laguna Seca
* Sepang & Jerez Test Results

I'm back! Sorry for the long break, but I had to take care of my Navy Reserve annual training. Great time of year to do it, it was a lovely 19 degrees F at night. Nothing like waking up with frost on the sleeping bag to make you know you're alive!

Enough of that, let's talk about what's on the show. Several interesting news items about team signings and structure, silly season is winding down. Laguna Seca is spending some big time money on track improvements for future MotoGP races. Plus, a somewhat delayed report about the tests conducted at Sepang and Jerez at the end of November.

Links this episode:
Roadracer Podcast at http://roadracerpodcast.blogspot.com
MotoCast at http://motocast.libsyn.com
Dennis Noyes article on SpeedTV.com at http://www.speedtv.com/articles/moto/motogp/21322/
Vote for MotoGPod on Podcast Alley at http://www.podcastalley.com/one_vote2.php?pod_id=5423

Episode 34: Liam's Wild Ride

* Ellison to test with Tech 3
* KTM engines for WCM
* Ilmor engines for 2007
* Win a Suzuki MotoGP Season Guide
* Interview with Liam Shubert
* Calendar Contest #2 Results!

Some very interesting stuff in the news this week plus an interview with Liam Shubert, a guy that sold all his belongings and moved from America to Spain to try to get a job with a MotoGP team! We also announce the two lucky winners of the contest to win a copy of the 2006 American Roadracer Calendar!

It's a long episode that should help tide you over through the three week break coming up. After this one, there won't be another episode until December 23, sorry about that! Real life is intruding on the podcast!

Links this episode:
Autoclips.net at http://www.autoclips.net
Suzuki MotoGP website at http://www.suzuki-motogp.com/fanclub/competitions.asp
Liam's Wild Ride at http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=142624
E-mail Liam Shubert at mailto:motoliam@gmail.com

Episode 33: The Where Are They Now Episode

* Shane Byrne goes to BSB
* Checa Rides Again! (for Pons) But Hofmann doesn't...
* Biaggi Getting Desperate
* Calendar Contest #2

An extremely busy week left me without a lot of time to prepare, but I found some good stuff in the news that I think is pretty interesting. We're also going to give away two more of the very cool American Roadracer Calendars! Awesome! Interesting news and a chance to win cool free stuff, what more can you ask?

Links this episode:
Dennis Noyes column on Speed TV website at http://www.speedtv.com/articles/moto/motogp/20737/
American Roadracer Calendar 2006 at http://americanroadracer.com
Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser 65 Racers Autographed Print on ebay at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8721926585