It's February! If you squint, you can almost see the new season
WELL, it's been a while since I last blogged. November 21 to be precise.
But that's the thing with motorsport. Once the season ends we have six weeks or so when a few things happen with relation to the coming year, but then it all goes quiet.
Thankfully, February always heralds a new start.
It's particularly special for bike racing fans as it's the month we get our first race of the year when the World Superbike Championship kicks its season off at Phillip Island in Australia.
From there it's pretty much plain sailing as we coast through March ahead of our tradtional April start for the UK championships.
That's when it gets good. People like me finally get back out and on the road as we join back up with our travelling circus for the summer, and this season looks likely to be my best yet.
As some readers will know, I have left my full-time job at the Sunday Sun, Journal and Chronicle to concentrate on the motorsport - although I am still supplying motorsport reports to all three papers.
It's been a quiet start, thanks to it being the off-season but it's going well. It also means I can do the job properly without having to return to the office on a Monday morning.
So far April, May and June are looking hectic - I don't see me being home much at all.
When the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship kicks-off at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday, we all head straight off to Thruxton for the next race the following weekend.
Steve Kinghorn who owns the Alnwick-based SGR Racing team is currently researching campsites for our Northern contingent gypsy convoy of race trucks and motorhomes which will trundle across the south of England.
After Thruxton it's home for four days before I head across the pond to Assen for the World Superbikes. With a bit of luck Chris Burns will be back in the Dutch Superbike Championship which will also run that weekend, so it should be a good jaunt.
From there it's more BSB, WSB at Donington, a sprinkling of BTCC and my first ever trip to the Isle of Man TT.
This season I am proud to be working as media officer with the Splitlath Redmond British Superbike team. This will be my third season working with John Dimbylow who has been running the Splitlath Motorsport team for four years.
However this year he's joined forces with two-times Olympian and World, British and Commonwealth champion athlete Derek Redmond to create the all-encompassing Splitlath Redmond superbike team.
We're contesting BSB, Hottrax Endurance and selected road races, the TT being our first this year. I've never been to the TT, although everyone I've ever met who has been says it is the most amazing two weeks you can ever experience. I'll try it - and let you all know.
So, with the season now almost in sight, I look forward to posting many more blogs than in previous years with news as it happens, as well as give a more personal insight into life behind the scenes.