About MotoMatters.com

Mission

MotoGPMatters.com is a website dedicated to news and analysis of the world's premier motorcycle roadracing series. The aim is to provide the most in-depth coverage and the best analysis of MotoGP available on the internet, as well as strong coverage and analysis of World Superbikes. MotoGPMatters.com also provides occasional coverage of other series, such as the AMA, British Superbikes, the Spanish CEV, the Italian CIV and the German IDM championships, but usually only the wider context of global motorcycle racing.

As a growing organization, our staff are attending more and more races. It is our aim to generate and provide as much news as possible, but when news breaks in other publications, and especially in non-English language publications, we pass on that news, along with full attribution and a link to the story where possible. We do not just recycle press releases, except when they provide information which consider to be of special interest.

MotoGPMatters.com has grown to become one of the most respected resources for news on MotoGP and motorcycle roadracing on the planet. We are renowned for the speed with which we bring the news, and admired for the depth and incisiveness of our analysis. We are read all around the world, both inside and outside the paddock.

MotoGPMatters.com has also become famous for the outstanding photography featured here. As is the case with our newsgathering, we aim not to recycle the photographs provided by the teams to the media, but rather to provide fresh and new photography from a unique perspective.  

History

MotoMatters.com started out as single post on the Adventure Rider forum in March 2006 and has grown from there. Race previews and reports were added to the original Kropotkin Thinks blog, and then news items and more commentary. By the summer of 2008, we had outgrown the original website, and created a new site set up to handle both the quantity of visitors and the volume of news and reports we were starting to generated. 

Shortly afterwards, the site's founder and editor David Emmett - who also writes under the pseudonym Kropotkin - resigned from his previous job to work on the site full time. Since then, we have been attending races regularly with full media credentials, and reporting live from the scene of the action. In response to a request from Dorna, the site name was changed from MotoGPMatters.com to MotoMatters.com in September 2009.

Visitor numbers have just about tripled year on year, from a little over a thousand a month in 2006 to over 50,000 unique visitors generating nearly 450,000 pageviews every month. The site continues to grow both in visitor numbers and in reputation, and we fully expect this trend to continue for the next couple of years.

Staff

David Emmett
The founder, editor and owner of MotoMatters.com, David Emmett is a British citizen who washed up in the Netherlands as a young boy, and never made it back again. David has loved motorcycles for as long as he can remember, and pictures of fast bikes adorned his walls from a very young age. He has been tangentially involved in motorcycle racing since he was a child, attending grass track races in England, watching while his uncle became British champion. 

Eventually, this passion was bound to catch up with him. After watching motorcycle racing as a fan for so many years, he started writing about it in 2006 and has never looked back. He is the driving force behind MotoGPMatters.com, and does most of the writing, editing, systems administration, advertising sales and a million other things which it takes to keep a motorcycle racing website successful. Fortunately, his extremely varied background - which includes working as a translator, editor of software manuals, computer programmer and project manager - stands him in good stead.

David's work has also appeared online at Road Racer X and on Visordown, and he has had a number of articles published in Road Racer X magazine. He also writes opinion pieces on MotoMatters.com under the pseudonym Kropotkin.

Scott Jones
Scott Jones has been covering MotoGP and WSBK events for MotoMatters.com since the 2008 British Grand Prix, when he was one of the first shooters to grab photos of Ben Spies’ wildcard ride on a MotoGP bike at Donington Park. Since then, Scott has been a regular at the U.S. MotoGP and World Superbike rounds and has supplied a seemingly endless stream of stunning images from Europe, Qatar, and occasional AMA Roadracing and Flat Track events.  Also a fine art landscape photographer, Scott brings a unique eye to his coverage of motorcycle racing, including an artistic sense of setting and environment, as well as a keen eye in the paddock for portraits of racing personalities and the behind the scenes details of competition at its highest level. 

Scott Jones Photography supplies motor sport images for racing companies’ marketing materials as well as several other racing publications and websites in the US and Europe. You can see a portfolio of his work at www.sjpho.net, read his blog at www.scottjones.net, and contact him about purchasing some of the magnificent images he has produced for us and for other publications over the years by email: scott at scottjones.net. Scott lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters, but is available for travel anywhere in the world.

 

Mike Walt
Mike is a long time race fan, and another talent that started to write about racing over on the ADVRider.com forum. He agreed to start covering the World Superbike series for MotoMatters.com in September 2009.

About Kropotkin

Prince Peter Kropotkin was a Russian prince who lived during the second half of the 19th century and first quarter of the 20th. He was a geographer, biologist, botanist, economist, political thinker and anarchist revolutionary. He wrote on a wide range of subjects and is widely admired for his open-mindedness and fresh approach to a number of subjects, including the role of cooperation in evolutionary development. His biography, in which he appears as a relentlessly inquisitive and irrepressibly cheerful thinker, is what inspired David to use the pseudonym Kropotkin.

Advertising

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Contact Details

MotoMatters.com is a publication of Kropotkin Thinks Media, a registered company in Leiden, the Netherlands, KvK number 27327109. The editorial address is:

Rijnsburgersingel 52
2312 NC Leiden
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 6 5236 4350
Fax: +31 71 5130573

Email: editor@motomatters.com

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