Sunday was the last MotoGP broadcast for British Eurosport with my colleagues Julian Ryder and Randy Mamola. Personally it was the end of an era that has taken a large part of my working life. I have been in the MotoGP paddock for all but four years since I left school.
Blimey... it is frightening to ask myself where the time has gone, but if it's flown by, it must be for a reason; that I enjoyed it.
Thirteen seasons ago I took the microphone for the 500cc qualifying session at Shah Alam in Malaysia. I witnessed my first bit of history right from the word go when Tady Okada flung the brand new Honda 500 V-Twin onto the first pole position of 1996, thereby beating all the larger, more powerful V4s.
Julian Ryder and Toby Moody in the commentary booth in Valencia © Back Page Images
It was an absolute crime that he got caught out in a freak rain shower when leading the race the day after, but the history was there, by pure luck, right from the word go.