Neil Hodgson and Gavin Emmett discuss the Top 5 talking points from the MotoGP and World Superbike paddocks ahead of the San Marino GP and following on from the Aragon SBK double-header. From Covid-19 testing to the future of some of MotoGP's most successful riders like Rossi and Dovizioso. Remember #Top5in5 for a chance to win some Triumph goodies.
Former MotoGP star John Hopkins joins the boys for a heartfelt chat through his rollercoaster career; from being thrown into the bear pit as the youngest-ever 500cc rider, to earning factory backing from Suzuki and Kawasaki, before the lows of injuries and off-track issues took their toll as he reinvented himself as a Superbike rider on the British, American and world stage.
"Hopper" is now helping mentor young motorcyclists with the American Racing Team, where he has enjoyed instant success with Joe Roberts in Moto2.
Neil and Gav dissect the Top 5 motorcycle racing stories of the week, as ranked by a mathematical algorithm acquired at great expense to the podchat. Chewing the fat between the back to back Austrian/Styrian MotoGP events. Zarco vs. Morbidelli, Rossi and Viñales's miracle in the mountains, Pol Espargaro vs. Miguel Oliveira, Danilo Petrucci vs. Aleix E, and Hafizh Syahrin's big off all go under Hodgy's microscope.
Mettez les gaz!!!! A paddock legend in MotoGP, and perhaps the most charming man in the sport, Red Bull KTM Tech3 boss and IRTA President Hervé Poncharal rendez-vous with Neil and Gav from his hotel balcony in the Austrian hills. Fresh from KTM winning their first race, the Frenchman delves behind the scenes to give a snapshot of life in a Covid-affected MotoGP paddock, and running a satellite team in tough financial times.
Been there, done that! Leon Haslam is still going strong at 37, and currently riding a factory-backed Fireblade for Team HRC in the World Superbike Championship. The former British champion has done it all though, across production racing and all MotoGP classes, he has mixed with the best time and time again over the years. He prepares to restart a year in development with Honda in SBK by chatting to the lads about golf, golf and more golf. And some bike stuff in between.
Patience required with this one as there were quite a few drops due to signal in Jerez.
With a freshly drawn pint of bitter in hand, Julian Ryder may be watching the MotoGP racing from at home on his sofa but his knowledge and passion for the sport still shines through. The journalist-commentator has been a familiar face and voice to those following elite level motorcycle racing for years, and with an anecdote for every occasion, he makes this episode one of those fascinating discussions about everything going on in the sport after the first race of 2020.
Jack and cokes at the ready for a special 2020 season-opening celebratory episode of Gas It Out with pod favourite, Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller. Having signed for the factory Ducati MotoGP team in 2021, the Aussie is full of confidence and has nothing to lose heading into the shortened racing season. The Queenslander talks maturity, motocross and shoeys with the boys. Don't forget a video version is also available on all good video sharing websites. Or at least one of them.
Another Guinness man, perhaps surprisingly for a Frenchman, but the Suzuki test rider and former WorldSBK champ Sylvain Guintoli is no stranger to the pub, living now with his wife and five kids in the East Midlands of England. The amiable YouTube star(!) chats about the Suzuki GSV-RR ready to race finally in MotoGP in 2020, missing out on a World Endurance Championship medal, and French exchange trips...
In between supping pints of Guinness, Bradley Smith also races motorcycles, and does very well at it too. The Aprilia MotoGP official test rider confirms to Gas It Out that he WILL take part in the eagerly-awaited opening MotoGP race of the year, and discusses how he is preparing to be back in the shark tank that is the pinnacle of the sport. And also what seasonal produce he'd put in his soup. Don't let it be said Gas It Out isn't hard-hitting journalism.