As MotoMatters.com enters its 17th season (a number I can barely believe), it is a good moment to examine the past and look ahead to the future. The past two years have been strange and hard, for personal and pandemic-related reasons. But they have also provided a good opportunity to review what MotoMatters has done best in the past, and the direction we should pursue in the future.
In the past, I have sometimes struggled to maintain the frenetic pace of writing about MotoGP for a living, and trying to cover absolutely everything that happens. The longer I have been doing this, the more I have come to realize that trying to capture every detail and cover every insignificant news update is a waste of my time and yours.
My wife, who is right about pretty much everything (which is why I married her in the first place), likes to point out that my strength, and the strength of MotoMatters.com as a whole, is in analyzing and explaining the background to MotoGP. Reporting on what happened is neither challenging nor interesting. Explaining how and why it happened is far more interesting. Pretty much anyone can note that a Ducati hit 362.4 km/h on the front straight at Qatar. It is far more rewarding and fascinating trying to figure out and explain how Ducati managed to hit that speed. And why at the end of the season, it still couldn't help them beat Fabio Quartararo on his 12 km/h slower Yamaha M1.
More rewarding, but it is also much, much more time-consuming. Not just in terms of research - the number of projects I have given up on purely due to a lack of time to delve into something is enormous - but also in terms of analyzing and writing on it. It seems I am incapable of summing up complex subjects in 200 words. I would rather spend 2000 words examining it from every angle.
That, I believe, is the future of the website. MotoMatters.com is the place you come to understand MotoGP, not to find out what just happened. But explaining takes time, and that means a slight change of focus. This year, I will worry less about providing a constant stream of news updates and articles, and more on writing in-depth analysis of the background to it all.
So there will be fewer and less frequent updates, but the articles on the site will be longer, more analytical, more in-depth. If a website is to have a niche, that will be ours.
It will take me a while to find the right balance, and figure it all out. So I hope you, reader, will bear with me while I do that.
There will of course still be updates at the end of each day of practice, and a deep dive into the hows and whys of each race. There will be more interviews this year, as I will be attending more races again in 2022, starting with the Sepang MotoGP test on February 5th and 6th. I hope to interview the people behind the sport, as well as the more familiar faces.
Attending races is, of course, a costly lark. The pandemic has changed travel in all sorts of ways. Intercontinental flights have gotten a little cheaper, while rental car prices have shot up to astronomical levels. Accommodation is a bargain at some races, while absolutely astronomical at others. It is a different world out there.
So I, and the amazing team of writers behind MotoMatters.com, rely on the support and generosity of our Site Supporters, Patreon patrons, and direct donations. They are the cornerstone of the site, and the subscriber-only content is our attempt to reward them. Site Supporters do not just get access to subscriber-only content, they literally ensure the continuing existence of the website.
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