It's risky to single individuals out because we're so grateful for EVERYBODY'S encouragement – but @weeyin13, @DJMissfrenchie and @suzannehutton were early adopters who got into the spirit of things and helped spread the word, a lot.
MCN Sport editor @guyprocter a) writes a bloody good mag, and b) was the first journalist to twig this could get big. His support from the word go brings a tear to our eye.
Actual MotoGP riders Jorge Lorenzo (@lorenzo99) and Nicky Hayden (@nickyhayden69) also deserve massive plaudits for taking us by surprise and sending funny tweets when we least expected it. To be honest, we REALLY REALLY love them for it, and hope they both come joint first in every MotoGP race from now on.
Now, there seem to be a few gold envelopes before @TwitGP – who feels an Award Ceremony coming on?
The “HE CAN PHOTOSHOP ANYTHING AWARD” goes to @madmark99, a fine fellow who we've never met but who got the TwitGP vibe perfectly.
The “WE CAN'T BELIEVE HE DID IT AWARD” goes to @tiff_tv, for designing the Twitegi which produced such a fantastic race. Are you taking notes, Hermann Tilke?
The “HOPE HIS BOSSES WEREN'T WATCHING AWARD” goes to @gemmett, who at one stage even tweeted race reports while manfully slaving over a barbeque.
The “HOUSEWIVE'S CHOICE” goes to @mattnroberts from the BBC. One day we may reveal the extraordinary scenario he found himself in while tweeting during Practice. PLEASE FOLLOW HIM NOW, he's tops. We mean it.
The "TWIT GP HONORARY DOCTORATE" goes to failed bus mechanic @alex__briggs, who despite living in a frightfully unhelpful timezone made the effort to get up in the middle of the night and take part in all the fun and games. His wit and wisdom are second to none. Oh, and he's also Valentino Rossi's ACTUAL spanner man. FOLLOW HIM NOW because he tweets from within 46's MotoGP inner circle, which frankly is an awesome thing.
Then, of course, are the two co-conspirators.
The “PUTTING MUSE INTO AMUSE AWARD” goes to Communications Director @TwitGPpr, who did more than you'll ever know and is the only thing that makes @TwitGP giggle every single day. Actually, make that every single hour.
And finally, the “BEST FRONT-GAL AN INTERNET PHENOMENON COULD WISH FOR AWARD” goes to @suziperry, whose knowledge & enthusiasm about all things bike racing and Twittery is unimpeachable. We owe you.
We're off to the Twit d'Azure for a bit, but we'll be back. Do stay tuned, we'll need you. Cheers.