The response to the tale of woe that my visit to Le Mans to cover the Grand Prix has become has been both touching and overwhelming. Offers of help have coming flooding in from all over the world, for which I am truly grateful. The only problem with having an international audience is that despite the many kind offers of help, few of them have come from anywhere close enough to be of immediate assistance.
So if you would like to help get me out of my predicament (a predicament almost entirely of my own making, I hasten to add), then any and all financial contributions would be gratefully received. All attempts at obtaining cover from insurance and breakdown services have failed completely, and so this is going to leave a rather large hole in the finances of MotoMatters.com.
If you are feeling generous, then contributions can me made by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by going to our donate page and filling out the form there. All contributions will meet with my eternal gratitude. And one day, we'll find a way of repaying the kindness and generosity all of you have already shown me.
The response to my appeal has been truly overwhelming. I am touched by the huge generosity so many of you have shown, and heartened by the support you have offered. In less than 24 hours of putting the appeal up, you, my wonderful readers, have donated just about enough to cover most of the expenses to get me back home and recover my bike.
Now, I don't want to profit from my own bad luck and occasional poor decision making, so you can stop sending money now. For those of you who would like to contribute in a more general way to the site, then in a week or so, we will be putting up subscription options, which will allow you to support the site financially, and allow you to customize the layout of the site (including hiding the adverts on the site and the MotoGP.com news block on the front page).
I have not yet thanked everyone who has sent me a donation, but I shall send you all a personal note within a few days. I do want to offer a big heartfelt thank you, from me, but also from my wife. It has been hardest for her, stuck at home, with a sense of frustration at not being able to do anything, and your kind responses on the site have helped her too. For that, you all have my deepest gratitude.
You people rock.