The day has finally come: Valentino Rossi announced ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix that he will call time on his MotoGP career at the end of the 2021 season. Toby Moody, Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy discuss the Italian's decision, look back at some of the moments that defined his iconic career, and look ahead to what to expect from the remaining races of his career.
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How much to read into Marquez's second win of 2021
53:59The post-Grand Prix of the Americas edition of The Race MotoGP podcast delves into the controversies that dominated the COTA weekend, along with analysing Marc Marquez's second win of the season.While the 20-lap MotoGP showdown on Sunday proved relatively serene, it came after a weekend in which the possibility of a race boycott was breached, and also followed a few hours after a massive Moto3 crash that left one rider with a rare two-race ban.Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy join host Toby Moody to discuss the merits of that stewards' decision, as well as the debate around the state of the Circuit of the Americas' bumpy surface.Also in the episode, all three of the MotoGP podium finishers receive their fair share of praise, with the podcast crew delving into the ramifications of another Marquez victory, and what it tells us about his ongoing recovery from his 2020 injuries.
Misano MotoGP: Brilliant Bagnaia - too little too late?
57:46The post-San Marino Grand Prix edition of The Race MotoGP podcast centres on the battle between Francesco Bagnaia and Fabio Quartararo.Jack Miller's role in helping Bagnaia win the Misano battle is flagged up, even if the Italian remains unlikely to win the war given Quartararo's 48-point advantage.There's also a chat about Suzuki's season given the latest frustrating outing for Joan Mir and Alex Rins, and a look at the current slumps faced by Johann Zarco and Miguel Oliveira.Finally, Misano star Enea Bastianini gets his due credit, while the efforts of big-name returnees Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso are also assessed.
Aragon MotoGP: Has Ducati's next star arrived?
58:01After the stunning battle for victory between Pecco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez at Aragon, Toby Moody, Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy look at what the outcome told us about both riders and how the hierarchy of talent at Ducati is shifting. There's also discussion of why Fabio Quartararo was off the pace, how he limited the damage to his championship lead, a sense of frustration for reigning champion Joan Mir at Suzuki, plus Maverick Vinales' Aprilia debut and what's going on with the plans for Valentino Rossi's VR46 team in 2022.
What was Marc Marquez thinking? British GP review
53:02Is the 2021 MotoGP title race now over? Toby Moody, Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy reflect on a commanding victory for Fabio Quartararo and discuss all the other major talking points from the Silverstone weekend, including Aprilia's first podium, whether Pol Espargaro's pole position was a sign of a genuine turnaround, and what his Honda team-mate Marc Marquez was doing when he clumsily took Jorge Martin out of the race on the opening lap.
Austrian GP's dramatic finish and more Vinales news
48:53The Austrian Grand Prix was decided in a tense and at times terrifying final couple of laps, as riders who had switched to wet-weather tyres hunted down those who stayed out on slicks - and could barely keep their bikes upright - when the rain hit.Toby Moody, Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy discuss all the major talking points from the second weekend at the Red Bull Ring, including how Brad Binder made his tyre gamble pay off, what it means for KTM to win in Austria again, Fabio Quartararo's incredible aggression during the dry part of the race, Marc Marquez's fall after one of his better Sunday performances, and if 'flag to flag' racing really has a place in MotoGP.We also react to the latest news around Maverick Vinales' future, as his Aprilia deal was made official on Monday following his suspension by Yamaha for the Austrian GP weekend.
Why Yamaha has suspended Vinales
18:59A major shock ran through the MotoGP paddock in Austria on Thursday when it was revealed Yamaha had suspended its rider Maverick Vinales due to “unexplained irregular operation of the motorcycle by the rider during last weekend” in the Styrian GP. Toby Moody, Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy get together for a special episode of The Race MotoGP Podcast to discuss what's going on.
Styrian GP: The incredible comeback story of MotoGP's newest winner
59:41MotoGP returned from its summer break with the first of two back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring. Toby Moody, Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy discuss all the major talking points from a busy weekend on and off track, including the rise of Pramac from plucky underdog to race winner with the sensational Jorge Martin, if Suzuki's vital upgrade can get Joan Mir back into title contention, and why the Red Bull Ring always seems to feature scary incidents when MotoGP comes to town.
Valentino Rossi's MotoGP retirement
20:37The day has finally come: Valentino Rossi announced ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix that he will call time on his MotoGP career at the end of the 2021 season. Toby Moody, Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy discuss the Italian's decision, look back at some of the moments that defined his iconic career, and look ahead to what to expect from the remaining races of his career.
MotoGP is back! What to expect from the rest of 2021
48:08MotoGP returns from its summer break with a double head in Austria. Toby Moody is joined by Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy to look ahead to the rest of the season, working out if anyone can challenge Fabio Quartararo for the title, who we can expect to pick up race wins over the rest of the year, and if Marc Marquez will come back from a few weeks off having taken another step forward with his recovery from his 2020 injuries.
What's gone wrong with Suzuki's MotoGP title defence
41:10Suzuki won its first title at the top level in MotoGP for two decades last year, as Joan Mir was the man to capitalise on Marc Marquez's absence to take his first championship. This year Marquez is back and not at his dominant best, but another Suzuki title appears increasingly unlikely. Simon Patterson and Valentin Khorounzhiy join guest host Glenn Freeman to look at the factors behind what seems likely to be an unsuccessful title defence, as well as catching up on the news of racing comebacks for GP winners Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa.