The end of the year is the traditional time to be handing out awards (we at MotoMatters.com will be doling out a few of our own in the next week or so), and this year, MotoMatters.com has been extremely lucky to be on the receiving end of one. In the recent Silverstone Media Awards organized by the Northamptonshire race track, home to both MotoGP and Formula 1, MotoMatters.com was voted Best MotoGP Blogger.
The winners were chosen by popular vote, with over 5,000 fans voting for the awards. MotoMatters.com finds itself in some illustrious company, with the official MotoGP.com being awarded best MotoGP website, Britain's weekly publication Motorcycle News (MCN) being voted best motorsport publication, and Eurosport MotoGP commentator being pronounced best MotoGP-related Tweeter.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for MotoMatters.com, and to express our gratitude to our readers, our subscribers, our advertisers and our sponsors, all of whom make it possible to keep the site running. We really can't thank you all enough.
Below is the press release from Silverstone announcing the circuit's Media Awards:
Winners of Silverstone Media Awards announced - Over 5,000 fans vote for favourite F1™ and MotoGP coverage in 2011
As the chequered flag comes down on an action packed season of motor sport, Silverstone is delighted to announce the winners of the first ever Silverstone Media Awards. More than 5,000 fans voted for their favourite media coverage from the 2011 F1™ and MotoGP seasons, recognising the newspapers, magazines, websites, bloggers and tweeters that have kept fans up-to-date with all the latest news and gossip from their respective paddocks.
The winners of the inaugural Silverstone Media Awards, as voted by the fans, are:
Best national newspaper for F1™ coverage:
Winner: The Times / Sunday Times
Best motor sport publication for F1™ coverage:
Winner: Autosport Magazine
Best website for F1™ coverage:
Winner: BBC Sport - F1 (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/default.stm)
Best F1™ Blogger:
Winner: F1 Talks (http://www.f1talks.pl/)
Best F1™ Tweeter:
Winner: Jake Humphrey (@jakehumphreyF1)
Best BBC F1™ feature during the 2011 season:
Winner: British Grand Prix - BBC trio take a tandem ride to Silverstone: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/formula_one/14098883.stm
Best national newspaper for MotoGP coverage:
Winner: The Times / Sunday Times
Best bike publication for MotoGP coverage:
Best website for MotoGP coverage:
Winner: MotoGP official website (www.motogp.com)
Best MotoGP Blogger:
Winner: MotoMatters (http://motomatters.com)
Best MotoGP Tweeter:
Winner: Toby Moody (@TobyMoody)
All fans voting in the Silverstone Media Awards were entered into a prize draw to win two hospitality places at either the FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX (06 – 08 July), or the MotoGP British Grand Prix (15 – 17 June) at Silverstone in 2012. Ten runners-up will each receive a Silverstone Goody Bag.
Katie Tyler, Head of Communications for Silverstone Circuits Limited, commented, "Formula 1 and MotoGP fans are passionate about the sports they follow. The Silverstone Media Awards have provided those fans with a platform to acknowledge and show their appreciation for the media who keep them up-to-date with everything that's going on, throughout the year.
"We have had a fantastic response to the first Silverstone Media Awards. An incredible 5,129 fans have cast their votes, so it has been a huge success. We hope it means just as much to the winners of each category, as they have been voted for and recognised by the fans. We look forward to presenting each winner with a trophy to acknowledge their contribution."
For further information on 2012 events at Silverstone visit www.silverstone.co.uk, or call 0844 3728 270.