April 12th, 2010
One of the best places in the world to watch a MotoGP race - apart from the stands, among the fans - is in the press room. Journalism is supposed to be a lofty profession, whose practitioners raise themselves above the level of the subjective fans, and regard the world with a cool, clear, objective eye. To be fair, for most of the weekend, that's exactly what the journalists attempt to do. But once the lights go out and the racing starts, any pretense of objectivity goes right out of the window, and the journos become ordinary fans once again.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race from Qatar:
Results and summary of the first ever Moto2 race, from Qatar:
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Qatar:
Results of the Warm Up session for the MotoGP class at Qatar:
Results of the Moto2 warm up at Qatar:
Results of the warm up session for the 125cc class at Qatar:
Results of the second World Superbike race at Valencia:
Results of the World Supersport race at Valencia:
Results of World Superbikes race 1 at Valencia:
The comment that I have probably received most since I started this blog was "I want your job!" And frankly, I have to pinch myself to see if this is still all really happening, so it is a sentiment I can completely understand. Being allowed to work in the MotoGP paddock and up in the press room feels like a genuine privilege, and being surrounded with people who share the same passion is truly remarkable.
I often wonder at how this all came about. Just over four years ago, I posted a season preview on the Adventure Rider motorcycle forum, and now, I learned today, I am the first journalist from an online publication ever to receive a permanent pass from Dorna. In the intervening years I have worked hard both to keep learning as much as I can about racing, and communicate my passion for the sport to a wider audience. It has cost me blood, sweat, tears, and more money than I like to think about, but all these would have been to no avail if it wasn't for one factor: The Internet.
Results of the Moto2 QP session at Qatar:
Results of QP for the MotoGP class: