In the Fast Lane is the official podcast of the Australian Grand Prix.
Dedicated to MotoGP™ and Formula 1®, host Matt Clayton is joined by Chris Vermeulen (MotoGP™) and Michael Lamonato (F1®) to interview some of the biggest names in world motorsport and update you on all the latest racing news and talking points.
In the Fast Lane Season 3
Episode 134: MotoGP™ 'Fact or Fiction?' with Simon Patterson
Freelance MotoGP™ journalist, podcaster and analyst Simon Patterson joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to talk about Pecco Bagnaia's world championship win for Ducati and Alex Rins taking victory in Suzuki's final MotoGP™ race in Valencia (02:41), and recap the 2022 season with a game of 'Fact or Fiction?' discussing whether Fabio Quartararo or Yamaha lost the 2022 title (06:05), if Marc Marquez remains the sport's benchmark after a winless season (12:18), Jack Miller's standing in the sport at the end of his Ducati tenure (15:00), who is the fastest rider in MotoGP™ (17:05), Remy Gardner's departure from the premier class (18:14) and whether 21 sprint races for 2023 is a good thing (19:46).
Episode 131: Best of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
The Animoca Brands Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix of 2022 will go down as an instant classic, with Suzuki's Alex Rins taking his first victory for almost two years. Hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen wrap up a breathtaking race in front of Phillip Island's biggest crowd in 10 years (01:45), while we catch up with a host of riders, including Marc Marquez, Jack Miller, Fabio Quartararo, Pecco Bagnaia, Remy Gardner and many more, live from the Fan Forum Stage at the Island (15:12).
Episode 130: Mick Doohan
After three long years, MotoGP™ is back where it belongs – Phillip Island. To help preview the Animoca Brands Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix this weekend, five-time 500cc world champion Mick Doohan joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to discuss the three-race showdown for the MotoGP™ title between Fabio Quartararo and Pecco Bagnaia (02:10), the role team orders could play in Ducati versus Yamaha (04:10), who Phillip Island's track layout could favour (08:15), the secrets to unlocking a fast lap at the Island (10:59), Marc Marquez's chances in Australia (18:50) and the recently-announced 21-race calendar for next season (20:52).
Episode 127: Casey Stoner
Welcome to episode 127 of the podcast. This episode is presented by the TAC. In a motorcycle crash, casual clothes only protect you for a split second. Protect your entire body on every ride.
Two-time MotoGP™ world champion Casey Stoner joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to talk about 'Return to the Island', a new mini-movie set for release on the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix's YouTube channel on September 21 (01:59), assess the state of play in the 2022 MotoGP™ championship with five races remaining (08:54), discuss his role as a rider coach advising Ducati's Pecco Bagnaia (11:00), look at Marc Marquez's dramatic return to the fray in Aragon (17:58), and offer his thoughts on next month's Animoca Brands Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (23:22).
Episode 125: Brad Binder
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MotoGP™ rider Brad Binder joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to talk about his progress in his third premier-class season (02:25), how MotoGP™ is closer than ever and how that impacts the racing (04:15), his thoughts on the introduction of sprint races for 2023 (07:40), the progress made by younger brother Darryn in his rookie MotoGP™ season (09:00), the end of his five-year stint as teammate to Miguel Oliveira (13:02), the impact Jack Miller can make when he joins KTM next season (14:35) and why he's been so successful in the Moto2™ and Moto3™ categories at Phillip Island (18:48).
Episode 123: Maverick Viñales
Spanish MotoGP™ top gun Maverick Viñales joins host Matt Clayton to talk about adjusting to life at Aprilia Racing (02:14), the difficulties in changing manufacturers after his controversial parting with Yamaha (03:09), the influence of teammate Aleix Espargaro on him joining Aprilia (05:53), how sporting director Massimo Rivola has helped motivate him (07:27) and his expectations for one of his strongest circuits at Phillip Island (10:45), while Chris Vermeulen drops in to help review the Austrian Grand Prix and discuss the introduction of sprint races to the calendar next year (14:02).
Episode 121: Remy Gardner
Tech3 KTM Factory Racing MotoGP™ team rider Remy Gardner joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to talk about his progress in his maiden premier-class season (03:05), the biggest adjustments he's had to make since graduating as Moto2™ champion last year (04:15), KTM's developments throughout 2022 (06:15), his relationship with teammate and former Moto2™ title rival Raul Fernandez (10:41), uncertainty in the MotoGP™ rider market (12:44) and the return to Phillip Island for the Animoca Brands Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in October (17:13).
Episode 118: Jack Miller
Ducati Lenovo Team MotoGP™ rider Jack Miller joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to talk about getting back to his roots with some motocross in Queensland in the mid-season break (01:30), his 2022 season so far (04:15), the differences between the 2022 and 2021 Ducatis (05:40), the return of MotoGP™ to Phillip Island this October (08:28), leaving Ducati after five seasons (14:30), joining good friend Brad Binder at KTM (21:10), having the contract stability he's always wanted (26:05) and how fellow Aussies Remy Gardner and Joel Kelso are faring this season (28:15).
Episode 117: MotoGP™ Mid-Season Mailbag
With the 2022 MotoGP™ season at its halfway point, it's time for you to ask the questions! Hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen discuss a wide range of topics and talking points with questions from our listeners, including which classic circuit would be a welcome addition to the calendar (02:43), which European championships offer the best path to MotoGP™ (05:36), the training and diet required to be a MotoGP™ rider (12:37), the prospects of a fully-fledged Marc Marquez return and his legacy (18:07), how riders develop their signature riding styles (23:26) and become experts in the wet (27:00), Suzuki's departure from the series at the end of the year (32:20), how MotoGP™ bikes have changed over the past decade (35:06) and whether Chris still keeps a supply of his signature bucket hats! (42:22).
Episode 112: Enea Bastianini
Second-year MotoGP™ sensation Enea Bastianini from the Gresini Racing Team joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to talk about his three victories to date in 2022 (02:14), the emotions of his first win in Qatar after the death of team founder Fausto Gresini (03:12), his adjusted goals for the rest of the season (06:16), why the Red Bull Rookies Cup was make or break for his career in 2013 (08:45) and the return of MotoGP™ to Phillip Island in October (13:12), while we wrap up a dominant display by Fabio Quartararo in Sunday's Grand Prix of Catalunya (15:00).
Episode 111: Alex Briggs
After last weekend's Italian Motorcycle Grand Prix where Valentino Rossi's famous number 46 was retired, long-time Rossi mechanic Alex Briggs joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to talk about the contrasting approaches Rossi and Mick Doohan used to win world titles (04:47), who impresses him from the current MotoGP™ grid (08:12), the increased importance of aerodynamics in MotoGP™ (11:14) and what he misses most from three decades in the world championship (15:20), while we wrap up Sunday’s race at Mugello won by Ducati’s Pecco Bagnaia (24:37).
Episode 109: Simon Crafar
Grand Prix winner turned MotoGP™ pit lane reporter Simon Crafar joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to discuss whether this is the year Ducati snaps a title drought that dates back to Casey Stoner in 2007 (04:04), Jack Miller's future (07:02), how Fabio Quartararo is keeping Yamaha in the game (09:30), why Aprilia have gone from feel-good story to championship contender (16:40), Marc Marquez's limitations at Honda (20:28) and the fallout from Suzuki's shock decision to depart MotoGP™ at the end of the 2022 season (23:45).
Episode 107: Lucio Cecchinello
LCR Honda team principal Lucio Cecchinello joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to explain why MotoGP™ is more competitive than ever in 2022 (03:18), reminisce about his early days as a rider and team boss in the 125cc World Championship (05:30), reveal why Casey Stoner was so fast as a MotoGP™ rookie riding for him in 2006 (12:35) and remember Cal Crutchlow taking the first MotoGP™ wins for LCR Honda in 2016 (18:00), while we look back at last Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix won by Ducati's Pecco Bagnaia (22:55).
Episode 106: Joel Kelso
Australia's Moto3™ rookie Joel Kelso joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to assess the early part of his first full world championship season (01:55), talk about racing outside of Europe for the first time (02:45), outlines his goals for the 2022 campaign (07:35) and look ahead to his maiden Grand Prix at Phillip Island in October (14:00), while we wrap up last Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix won by reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo (15:10).
Episode 102: Arthur Sissis
Australian Superbike racer and Moto3™ Phillip Island podium finisher Arthur Sissis joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to reflect on his early days racing in Europe (03:30), remember his remarkable 2012 podium in Australia (07:45), discuss walking away from the world championship at age 19 (10:15) and talk about his peers who have gone on to MotoGP™ success (13:55).
Episode 99: Matt Birt
MotoGP™ TV commentator and long-time paddock insider Matt Birt joins hosts Matt Clayton and Chris Vermeulen to make sense of pre-season testing (03:05), ponder Jack Miller's future beyond 2022 (07:40), assess Remy Gardner's prospects in his rookie MotoGP™ season (11:20) and predict who will be this year's World Champion (27:40).