Pecco Bagnaia became a two-time MotoGP champion in a one-twist-after-another Valencia season finale, seeing off the challenge from Jorge Martin - who had seemed to have the upper hand on pace for most of the final third of the season.
So should Martin feel hard done by in missing out on a maiden premier-class crown - or was Bagnaia's body of work over the full 2023 season simply stronger?
Valentin Khorounzhiy and Simon Patterson discuss this and offer a blow-by-blow of the Valencia chapter of the title race in the final post-race podcast episode in The Race MotoGP Podcast's 2023 run.
They also touch upon Martin's title bid-ending big collision with Marc Marquez before taking a deep dive into Marquez's clash with Marco Bezzecchi that left Bezzecchi seething, Marquez dismissive and fans divided.
There's also a conversation on KTM's lost 1-2, Fabio Di Giannantonio's lost podium and the developing saga over the Aprilia satellite team contract and the corresponding grid slots potentially changing hands.
Finally, the two hosts preview the upcoming post-season test headlined by Marquez's long-anticipated Ducati debut.
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