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Of Realignments, Face Lifts, Winter, and a Giveaway!

I thought I would call this post ‘Hello 2014’, but we are past that, aren’t we? We have now kissed February on its nose and are gearing for the warmer winds. The riders are out – at least in this part of the world – giving a final hurrah to the riding season – before gearing up for the tropical heat.

It has been a very short winter – though Delhi is now giving us one last, bone-chilling, teeth-chattering holler.

Winter has seemed even shorter as far as the racing break is concerned. I guess, it probably had something to do with the roller-coaster that was 2013. It is strange, I have always had mixed feelings about roller-coasters.

2013 involved among other things a stunning experience reporting from Mugello during the MotoGP race. Image copyright RidingFastAndFlyingLow

2013 involved among other things a stunning experience reporting from Mugello during the MotoGP race. Seen here a top shot of the Paddock entrance. Image copyright RidingFastAndFlyingLow

But last year was different. Dreams do come true – and how! Covering WSBK in Monza and MotoGP in Mugello was just the beginning. The year ended with an incredible opportunity to cover the F1 race in Delhi!

It is no wonder that it has taken me a while to catch my breath. Though honestly, it wasn’t just that.

2013 presented some amazing opportunities for this website. Some I managed to use to my advantage, but there were some that, I couldn’t. I have kicked myself for those missed opportunities. But I also realized that it was time to take a little time off from this website and re-examine my priorities.

Image copyright RidingFastAndFlyingLow

Image copyright RidingFastAndFlyingLow

Riding Fast and Flying Low has always been about racing and motorsports. It has always been about a fan’s perspective, about the passion of racing, and always, always about opinion.

This website has tried to give you, the reader, a different experience through long-form writing, with its posts being not just about a race’s technicalities. In my enthusiasm, I did bite off more than I could chew. Writing on MotoGP, WSBK and F1 (sometimes on the same day) can be mindboggling and numbing. It is difficult for one person.

I realized too that I wanted you, the reader, to have a special experience when you come here. I don’t want you to read a hastily put-together race report, that after a time starts sounding just like everything else you have read on this website.

So I have had to make a few hard choices.

Moving forward, this website will change its focus to look at MotoGP and WSBK solely. The site will also seek to examine the growing superbike and supersports market in India. The aim will be to bring you as many interviews as possible, stories with a different twist and specials. It is a tall order, but certainly not impossible.

F1 coverage and writing will reduce substantially, unfortunately. Though you can always follow the live updates on Twitter and the website’s Facebook page. Also, keep an eye out for opinion pieces (I am not going to get The Finger get away that easy, now) and monthly F1 round-ups.

badge1Keeping this in mind, there is a new logo that defines Riding Fast and Flying Low. It is so us! Isn’t it? Kiran K. Rao, a freelance industrial designer, designed this logo. Three cheers to him. He listened patiently as I changed my mind, once, twice, thrice, and then just two more times… and then some. You can see some of his work here

And now to the giveaway!

Do you like the new Riding Fast and Flying Low?

What do you want to see on this website? What kind of content would you like to see?

Leave a comment with your suggestions. The idea that gets picked will win a $50 gift coupon for Amazon.com (and if you are in India, then a Flipkart coupon for the same amount!)

Happy 2014!

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8 Responses

  1. I am sorry you will not be regularly commenting in F1…. I always enjoyed your post-race analysis
    and smiled at your references to the finger. Hopefully in 2014 we won’t see so much of The Finger…. now that is what I am talking about!

    • Thank you! It was a difficult decision. F1 has been my love for so long. But I felt I was being unable to do justice to three sports… Maybe one day, if and when I can do this full-time, I will come back to F1. Till then, I think I will have to make peace with monthly columns and updates! I hope you keep coming back to site though…

  2. It’s unfortunate that you won’t be writing on F1 😦 Though I can relate and understand when you say it is mind boggling to write on all 3 sports on most weekends. But I guess, it is better this way, considering you will probably write more high quality articles, raising the bar higher than it already is for us poor souls! 😀

    Hopefully, you will get back to F1 some day, but in the meanwhile, I certainly would look forward to reading your write-ups on MotoGP!

  3. Hi Chitra, looking forward to the new stories this year. I can understand how it can get very busy keeping up with different motorsport series

  4. Feel sad but  We are so much used  to ride along the F1 track  with The Finger  We wish to see you back on track sooner than later.  

  5. Thank you all for your comments and encouragement.

  6. Will miss the F1 but it is important to focus your blog too!

    i am looking forward to as much WSBK blogging as you can fit in! You are my go-to for that and I love rading your accounts of what went by as something has to give and I too often let my WSBK watching slide.

    Will be an interesting season too, looking exciting already!

    Loving the new logo and all the little changes made so far, here’s to big things for 2014 and some entertaining racing to write about!

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