Dear MotoMatters.com readers, subscribers, Patreons, and other supporters,
As you probably have guessed, the winter break is upon us, and so I will be logging off for a while. MotoMatters.com will be shutting down over the holidays, and will return sometime during the second week of January.
That should include some big changes to the site. The site is currently running on old software, and I intend to update it to a newer version with more features. The goal of the new server will be to be much simpler, cleaner, and less complex. The look of the site will not change much, but it should be quicker and more efficient, and hopefully create fewer problems.
I also intend to change the focus of the site slightly. There will be less news here (though race and practice reports will continue), and more analysis, interviews, and background. There are plenty of sites dedicated to providing news about MotoGP, but few providing insight, explaining the background to the news. The mission of MotoMatters.com is not to cover the what and the when, but the how and the why.
I will also be introducing a few more functions to the site. I will be adding a user forum to the main site, which will run in parallel with the existing forum, but be more aimed at site users. There will be extra perks for subscribers too, including a Discord channel for real time discussions. I will try to hang out there regularly, and make it a place to discuss racing as it happens.
Thanks once again to everyone who has supported the site in one way or another. The community which has grown here and allows me to continue to work is remarkable, and the site is widely read not just for my words, but for what the community contributes. As the calendar expands, the job of covering MotoGP becomes more demanding. It is easy to become exhausted and washed out, but your support buoys me up and keeps me going.
And thanks also to everyone who has contributed to the site. To Zara Daniela and Jared Earle for their race reports. To Neil Morrison, Akira Nishimura, Steve English, Tammy Gorali, Niki Kovács, Gordon Ritchie, Cormac Ryan Meenan, Andrew Gosling, Peter Bom, and others for their contributions to the site. I am proud to be able to feature work of such incredible quality. Thanks to everyone inside the paddock and out who has helped me or helped the site this year.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, or even if you don't celebrate at all, enjoy the break, spend time with friends, families, loved ones, if possible, and try to enjoy yourself if not. Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy, and fulfilling 2023, and a year of exciting and safe racing.
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