MotoMatters.com 2011 Motorcycle Racing Calendar Goes On Sale!

After the huge success of the past two years, the Motomatters.com 2011 Motorcycle Racing Calendar is about to hit the printing presses. To expedite shipping and the organizational challenges we face, we're ready to start taking orders for the calendars, so we can ship them out to you as soon as we receive them.

The reason for the success of the calendar is simple: Each month features one of Scott Jones' fantastic photos above a month grid containing birthdays for most of the leading riders in the MotoGP, World Superbike, Moto2, World Supersport and 125cc classes. The main feature, though is the highlighting of every MotoGP and World Superbike round on the month grid for easy reference when planning race trips or viewing parties. The center pages feature a double-page close-up spread of the 2010 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.

This year's calendar is large (12" x 9.25", or 30.5cm x 23.5cm), and features an additional high gloss finish to make Scott Jones' pictures shine. The calendar is to be produced in a limited run, with no more to be produced once the calendar sells out. Full details of the calendar are shown below

Special Pre-Sale Discount

To encourage you to put your orders in early, we're offering a discount of just under 10% of the calendar purchase price if you order before we start shipping. US, Canadian and Australian readers, for example, will pay just USD 19.95 plus shipping for each calendar instead of USD 21.95, with similar discounts for our UK and European customers as well.

The calendar is due to go into production in a couple of weeks with shipping to start by the end of November, in time for the gift-giving season. If you know a motorcycle racing fan, then this is the perfect gift to help them plan their year. Once production of the calendar starts, calendars will be offered at the full price, instead of the early buyers' discount.

Shipping in the US will be done by USPS Priority Mail, meaning US customers should receive their calendars within 2-3 days of ordering once the calendars have been produced, Canadian and Australian orders will take a couple of days longer. Shipping in Europe will take place by European priority mail, and take 2-3 days to arrive after ordering. Any orders placed now should be with you by early December, barring any production disasters.

For orders of up to 3 calendars, either head on over to the order page, or select the number you want to order from the list of locations shown below. If you are resident outside of the countries shown below, or would like to order more than 3 calendars, drop an email to calendar@motomatters.com with your question.

MotoMatters.com subscribers do not need to order a calendar, as their calendars will be shipped to them as part of their annual subscription. Bargain hunters should consider taking out an annual subscription, as the subscriptions include a free calendar every year, a free t-shirt plus the ad-free layout which subscribers are raving about.

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Technical details

24 pages + cover
12" x 9-1/4" finished (12" x 18-1/2" flat)
80 lb paper stock
5/5 Process Color + Ultra High Gloss varnish 
Folded, with a saddle-stitch and punched hole.

Below you can see a sample double-page layout. US readers should note that the calendar grid has been laid out with the week starting on Monday (European style). This is an explicit choice; the purpose of the calendar is to allow our readers to see the racing at a glance, and as the races are nearly always run on Sunday, it is much easier to see when a race weekend is if the calendar starts on Monday, rather than on Sunday (US style). If you click on the image, you will see a much larger version of the layout, which gets the point across better than in words.

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Comments

david i love the calenders, and i have paid in the past. but surely your previous article discussing philip island being held at the beginning of the season makes the schedule not set in stone. does this not disrupt the way the season may be played out, and more importantly your calenders?

Total votes: 129

This is always a problem, especially as Dorna and Infront like to move their schedule around at the last minute (or cancel rounds in Hungary, for example). However, the final official schedule is due out this coming week (before Valencia), in which case there will be enough time to make any necessary changes before they start printing..

Total votes: 120

Am I the only one who would love this calendar in the standard Sunday-Saturday format? In my office the 2010 calendar has been relegated to showcasing pictures and not used as it should be because it is the only calendar I have that requires me to think and not just be able glance at the day. Normally when I am looking at a calender my mind is planning something and having the whole process interrupted by the fact the the days are not in the standard configuration is quite irritating.

Total votes: 140

This is a debate we have every year, Scott and myself, over whether it wouldn't be better to adopt the US layout, and it's not a decision that's easy to make. The benefit of the European layout is that the race weekends are much easier to see, as the bars marking the three days of practice are all on one line. If we had Sunday on the next line, it would be much harder to see where race weekends start and where they finish.

Total votes: 150

For those of you who are used to a Sunday-Saturday calendar, try drawing a thick vertical line (using a black marker) between the Friday and Saturday columns. This makes it easy to identify the work days at a glance.

Total votes: 128

Is there anywhere that we can order the pic of the opening pic with the Honda exhaust seperate? pue beauty!!

Total votes: 128

Send us an email here at calendar@motomatters.com, and both Scott and I will get it. Scott will then get in touch with you about what size you want and whether you want it framed or not. 

Total votes: 142

Scott takes fantastic photos. I love your work. I'd love to browse around and find one that I could have framed and signed. Im positive that a gallery or something to that effect has been mentioned here before. Would you mind pointing me in the right direction? =)

Total votes: 133

As David said, we rethink this every year because whichever way we go, half of our readers here at MotoMatters are going to be looking at a calendar that is different from what they are used to. We realize it's a challenge for our U.S. friends--I still have to remind myself from time to time that it's Monday on the far left and not Sunday. But if we switch to the U.S. format, then our European readers will be struggling with the same situation. So the deciding factor is always that this is a calendar for motorcycle racing fans who want to know when the races are, and that's in fact what I use it for. (My regular calendar use, dates of family events and so on is all on my phone/computer now anyway.) Again, we're sorry that either choice makes someone unhappy, and just hope that the calendar's other merits make up for this issue.

 

Thanks to everyone who has ordered so far--your orders are queued up and will be the first to ship out when the calendar is ready!

Total votes: 149

I suppose the order of the days comes down to which continent has the larger market for MotoMatters calendars. Last year, I wasn't planning to buy a calendar because the Mrs. complained about the order of the days. In the end, I bought one anyway.

That said, the past year has seen me have near-misses with appointments due to the odd day of the week format, and I simply cannot use it as my primary calendar any longer.

Will I cave and buy one anyway? That remains to be seen. What I DO know is that if the calendar used the typical US Sunday-Sat format, my order would have been placed yesterday.

p.s. if the aesthetics of the date grid are being considered at all, plz don't. Calendars should be pretty on top, data down low.

Total votes: 131

It's not so much a question of aesthetics, more of usability. Having race weekends run over two separate lines makes it very difficult to track exactly when a race falls, especially when there are multiple races in a month. Aesthetics serve functionality, and in this case, too much functionality would be lost by using the US format.

That being said, we feel our US customer's pain, and it's a decision that we agonize over every year because of this. But like miles vs kilometers, or pounds vs kilograms, neither format makes much sense if you're not used to using it.

Total votes: 126

FWIW, I'm American and have been using a "Euro" calendar layout for several years now. Never saw the reasoning behind starting the week out with a Sunday -- my work week starts Monday and weekend-long events can be booked/written in one uninterrupted block. And as David said, race days also can be presented in one unbroken line using the current format.

Total votes: 127

Maybe the disconnect is this: Many of us have a primary life outside of MotoGP. If I miss watching a race on Sunday, I can always see it on Monday. If I miss a doctors appointment for my kid, or if I miss a teachers conference, I'm in a hole I can't dig out of. For me, that's why I can't use the MotoMatters calendar as the date keeper in my home anymore. And if I can't use it as the primary date keeper, it can't occupy the prime spot in my kitchen.

That said, I'll try and click through on a few ads to try and add some revenue. Your site is fantastic!

Total votes: 151

I'm a bit perplexed that people can't get used to a different format if they're really using it all the time, but it does appear to be an issue for some.
I really like the race weekends being together, so I think the team have made the right choice for this particular calendar.
In order to make it a little clearer for those not used to the format, how about shading the Saturday and Sunday columns so that the differentiation between weekdays and weekends is more obvious?

Total votes: 120

That's an interesting idea! We'll have a look at it, and see if we can get this worked out before printing starts. As I said, this is an issue we are all too aware of, and it's not something we take lightly at all. But we have to make a choice, and the choice we made is to go with the European layout. Maybe shading the weekends will help ease the pain. 

Total votes: 143

That actually sounds like a fantastic solution.

I use the calendar to track my dog's medication and have learned to make the mental translation similarly to when living in another country that uses a different system of measurement (or several if you are talking about the UK :P).

You get used to it pretty quickly but still shading the weekends would make the process really easy.

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Total votes: 140

The pics on the back are the selection of pictures from each month. Or to cut a long story short, yes. 

Total votes: 128

Can't wait for my calendar. I was nearly going to order it but then I remembered it will come with my annual subscription anyway. Haha
I'm guessing the t-shirts will some at the same time if we subscribed with that option? Can't wait.

Total votes: 130

For the record, I am a Yank and I like the Euro format because I can see the race dates at a glance. I use another calendar for my daytimer in the office. Of course they give those away free... :-)

Total votes: 132

Seriously, folks, you buy a nice calendar to look at and you acquire a less nice calendar you need to dirty up with planning your life!

I have 5 calendars in my little office at work (not counting all the electronic ones available on my computer and phone); each serves a different purpose.  The ones I pay for are the ones I value most.

And, as an American, I appreciate that the racing weekends are grouped as they should be, the way the Europeans want it.

Although...  shading and/or bracketing the weekends seems like a good idea, too.

Total votes: 142

Just to underline that most europeans are absolutely unaware that in the US you use a calendar starting the week on sundays! I've never heard of it before living in the US.
Feels so odd to me, so I can understand the opposite easily. We already knew that the US (and UK for that matter) dislike international units commonly used in the rest of the world (i.e. kilometers, meters, millimeters, liters, kilograms, °C and so on...even the tonne is different!) but out of curiosity do you know what the reason is for the calendar?
Saturday and sunday form the weekend (a word we actually adopted in France) so it feels natural to start the week on a monday, no?

Total votes: 123

Could it be due to their religious heritage? You know, Sunday being "the Lord's Day" so therefore we'd better make it important by putting it up front?

I'm an Aussie and I prefer the European format. Makes more sense having the all-important Weekend in a block, and actually at the end of the week!

Total votes: 142

Just read about it, in Islamic and Hebrew calendars, sunday is the first day of the week. Therefore in most Muslim countries and Israel, sunday is the first day of the week, and also a working day.
For the same religious reasons the US, UK and Australia (don't know about Canada) have adopted sunday as the first day of the week. However it is not a working day.
In Europe, for the same religious reasons, the week used to start on sunday centuries ago; but then I guess it just did not make sense to start the week on a non-working day and therefore it was decided that the week would start on monday (I don't actually know what triggered the change).
As usual the British disagreed and refused to adopt the universal pattern, kept a different system on their own, and so did their colonies afterwards.
So that beyond all your specific units (miles, yards, feet, inches, (of course square foot, cubic inch...), gallons, pints, quarts, ounces, pounds, Fahrenheit (US only)...), you can proudly add: "hey, we don't even start the week on the same day than everyone else" lol
And don't get me started on PSI (pound per square inch), a unit of pressure I use everyday in my work. Of course after all this, I guess driving on the left side of the road or being the only EU country not to adopt the euro somewhat makes sense for UK citizens.
I'm living in the US and enjoying it, I kid because I love, but I doubt US/UK could make it harder in everyday life conversions for non-UK-Europeans! Sorry for the off-topic conversation ;-)

Total votes: 138

I live in BC, Canada, and I've always been taight as a child that Sunday was the beginning of the week. Which always confused me, because then why did they call it the weekend? @_@
Personally, I view Saturday and Sunday as the end of the week, but Sunday is the beginning of the week and Monday is the beginning of the work week, clear enough?

Total votes: 129

So the US uses the Islamic format? [ducks and covers]

I've grown up with Monday as the first day, and it just makes more sense to me that the weekend is at the end of the week. Having Sat and Sun together makes it easier to plan weekend events - like races - too. I think if Sat and Sun were shaded though pretty much everyone would get used to it very quickly.

Would it be more or less confusing if you started with Saturday instead, with Sat and Sun shaded? That way it's obviously different so you'd pay more attention, and it neatly groups the Monday race with its practice & qualifying. Or maybe put the days running vertically and annoy everyone? ;-)

Total votes: 132

As a matter of fact, for the past 3 years I've downloaded a MS Excel calendar in the same format to put together a 'race weekend' schedule for our own club-racing efforts. It just seems more tidy to lump all two (or three) days/dates together rather than spitting them up across the page.

I've ordered 2 of the new calendars again this year to put up both at home and in the office. I always get a kick out of discussing schedules at work and having someone refer to my MotoMatters calendar on the cork-board and becoming befuddled with the format. :)

Total votes: 131

Does a portion of the proceeds from the 2011 calandar get donated to Riders For Health?

Total votes: 137

Though we both still fully support the great work Riders does (both financially and with assistance at their events), we won't be donating this year. We'll revisit this again next year. 

Total votes: 124