As some of you might have noticed, updates to the site have been less frequent over the past week. This is in part because, with MotoGP on a five-week hiatus, there is not much going on in the world of Grand Prix motorcycling, other than a lot of managers frantically texting Lin Jarvis and Johan Stigefelt about the vacant Yamahas for 2022. But it is too early for anything to come of that.
The other reason for posting to be a little slow on the site is also because I need a break too. It has been a very long, hard 12 months: first, the insanely compressed 2020 MotoGP season, with 13 races in 18 weeks, and barely a moment to catch your breath. Then I traveled to the UK to help my mother and brother care for my severely ill father. And after he died, I have had to balance the care for my grieving mother - nearly 57 years is a long time to spend together, and the loss of that love has left a gaping hole in her life - with covering the start of a fascinating 2021 MotoGP season.
It has taken its toll, and so I will be taking it easy, and taking a bit of a break from motorcycle racing. There are still some exciting and interesting things lined up - next week I hope to have an interview on the site with Sebastian Risse, the engineer leading KTM's MotoGP project - and I have one or two side projects on the go, some possibly of tangential interest.
Stick around to ensure you don't miss out on the regular episodes of the Paddock Pass Podcast, and Jared Earle's excellent coverage of the WorldSBK series, with the next round at Assen on July 23rd-25th. And as I said, there will be one or two other things lined up as well. And I hope to be mentally refreshed and back up to speed when MotoGP resumes in early August.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported, and continues to support the site through subscriptions and the Patreon program. You have given me the motivation to keep going through some difficult personal times.