It has been a long and exciting year in MotoGP and WorldSBK. Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, WorldSBK managed a full 13-round season, MotoGP racked up 18 rounds in total. In both championships we saw exciting young champions emerge from a season full of drama. The best WorldSBK season in a decade or more, and a fantastic battle in MotoGP.
There has been a lot to write about, and I feel I have utterly failed to do it justice. Fortunately, thanks to the support of the wonderful people I get to work with - especially MotoGP reporter Zara Daniella, WorldSBK reporter Jared Earle, Moto2 and Moto3 guru Neil Morrison, WorldSBK doyen Gordon Ritchie and the photographic talent of Cormac Ryan Meenan, but also the many writers who have contributed, including Akira Nishimura, Peter Bom, Niki Kovacs, Steve English, and Tammy Gorali, among others - we have covered a lot of ground.
Yet I feel I have not lived up to expectations. Not for my readers, and not for myself. My only excuse is that it has been a long and difficult year. Apart from dealing with the effects of the pandemic on motorcycle racing, and life in general, I have also had the death of my father at the beginning the year to deal with, and helping my mother to find her feet after spending nearly 57 years by his side. That has absorbed an enormous amount of emotional energy, and left me frankly exhausted. For a more detailed account of some of the things I went through last year, see the Twitter thread embedded below.
And so it is not time to take a break and recover. We head back to the UK to spend Christmas with my mother, our first without my father.
As a consequence, the site will be going on a hiatus until the second week of January. I still have one or two pieces to write, some pieces from MotoMatters.com contributors, and there should still be a couple of Paddock Pass Podcasts over the next couple of weeks. And of course, if anything of great significance happens, I will try to cover it.
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Next year will be better, we hope. I hope to be able to focus more of my energy and attention on MotoGP, as well as paying more attention to WorldSBK, which has turned into a fantastic series. The focus of the site will remain on providing genuine insight and analysis, and as I hope to attend more races in 2022, that will also mean more interviews. Your financial support helps make that possible, so please consider subscribing, becoming a Patron, or making a donation.
Thank you all. Your support has meant more to me than you can know.
More about my Dad. Some trigger warnings are in order: death, suicide, terminal disease, and general bad JuJu. Look away now unless you want to be horrified.
— David Emmett (@motomatters) December 15, 2021