With the COVID-19 outbreak having paralyzed racing for the next month, at the very least, I thought it might be useful to provide an update on what you can expect from MotoMatters.com until we start racing again.
The short version is that there will be plenty of content coming on the site over the next few weeks, but that I will be taking weekends off. We will be publishing articles and photo galleries throughout the week, but no new content will be added to the site on Saturdays and Sundays, unless some dramatic development happens during the weekend.
First and foremost, we will continue to cover developments on how the novel coronavirus outbreak is affecting motorcycle racing of various stripes. All of our coverage of that will be free, as it is important that information on that subject is freely available to everyone.
Secondly, I have a backlog of articles and interviews done over the past months and years, which I never got round to turning into a proper article. Without the pressure of racing, I will have time to put those stories and interviews online. I will also have stories and interviews from other contributors.
Because of the nature of those stories and interviews, the majority (but not all) of them will be aimed at subscribers and site supporters, and made available on the MotoMatters Patreon page. Despite not having the expense of traveling to races, the bills will have to be paid. I also hope to help some of my freelancer friends who are much more dependent on individual races for their income by publishing articles by them.
To widen the audience for MotoMatters.com, we will also be starting up monthly subscriptions for the site. Though pricing is still to be decided upon, an annual subscription will be cheaper over a year than twelve monthly subscriptions, mainly to cover the additional administrative burden. However, a monthly subscription should allow readers to binge-read subscriber content, and make a decision on whether to convert to an annual subscription.
Hopefully, normal service will be resumed sooner rather than later, and there will be actual races to report on. But at the moment, there is absolutely no clarity on when that might be. For the latest state of play, see this update on how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting MotoGP and WorldSBK.
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