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.
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.
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.
Keeping 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.
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