MCN MotoGP reporter Matt Birt spends his days, nights and weekends getting to know the GP world better than anyone. Now he's sharing the experiences of being a top GP reporter with a new blog.
"The wonders of modern technology eh? This maiden blog comes from 38,000ft on board Singapore Airlines somewhere over the Caspian Sea.
After a 6am start this morning to Heathrow Im finally Sepang bound for what is arguably the most critical three races of the world championship.
Certainly it will be the biggest three weekends of Nicky Haydens life, with all eyes on whether he can bounce back from the disappointment of Brno while the likes of Pedrosa and Rossi seek to pile on more pressure.
Whatever happens at this stage it seems certain well be witnessing a dramatic final round shoot-out in Valencia next month.
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As well as all the intrigue and excitement on the track with Hayden, Melandri, Capirossi, Rossi and Pedrosa all still in title contention, theres sure to be plenty off it as well over the next couple of weeks with plenty of rumours knocking around about different riders and teams.
The fact that so much is still up for grabs on and off the track just makes this trip more interesting than ever, despite being away from home for just over three weeks.
By doing them all back-to-back you stay pretty much on the same time zone, so the only jetlag will hit when I finally arrive in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow morning at 1.30am UK time after a short stop in Singapore and when I fly home from Tokyo after Motegi. The plan on arrival in KL will be the usual, check into the hotel, have a quick shower and then sleep for a couple of hours before trying to get the body clock on an even keel ready to be at the track and fully functioning on Thursday morning. I might have to have a sneaky peak in Chinatown on Wednesday night though, which is always rammed with paddock people scouting for a bargain. Always good to get the Xmas shopping done early! Oh well, still eight hours to go so I'm off to catch a snooze. Later M"
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