Fret not, dear readers; it's only going to be for this one time. Separated by two wheels and a sizeable chunk of money, MotoGP and Formula One are at times as different as Dover's chalkiest chalk and Cheddar's finest dairy produce. What both are, nonetheless, are motorsport's premier racing championships, and thus comparisons can and should be made. With the F1 season having concluded in Sao Paulo this past weekend, now is probably the best time to draw parallels and conclusions from the respective 2011 campaigns.
In terms of the world titles, MotoGP and F1 experienced the same problem. Casey Stoner: 10 wins and 11 (official) pole positions from 17 races. Sebastian Vettel: 11 wins and 15 pole positions from 19 races. In both cases, the definitive world championship lead lasted months rather than weeks.
Watching Stoner and Vettel navigate a track on their own can be a joy to watch, but spectators can understandably tire of the certain inevitability of their triumphs. I have no doubt that either of them could win a title with a different team - Stoner has proven this already - but what we are seeing is two of the best racers which use the best machinery dominating.
That is why the more interesting races of 2011 either came with rainfall or track characteristics that played more to both Honda and Red Bull's rivals' strong points. Even if it wasn't enough to stop the Repsol Hondas, the lack of a huge straight at Sachsenring meant that Yamaha were able to keep up for the duration and throw a bit of variety into things, despite not having as powerful an engine as Messrs Pedrosa and Stoner. File those races alongside the wet pursuit and pass race for Jenson Button at the F1 Canadian Grand Prix.
On the other end of the spectrum, there's 'The Rossi Conundrum'. This past season we've watched a former world champion struggling to keep up with the new talent. It might just as easily be Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes GP team, but this isn't a comeback and it sure isn't for fun. We've seen a legend in grid and race positions unthinkable a few years ago, and doubts cast about their previous successes as a result. Schumacher likely believes that he can still be competitive -Rossi knows that he can.
Having your most marketable star unable to establish a regular podium presence is a big deal. Fernando Alonso may at times find himself with a proverbial knife in a gunfight with Ferrari - although I believe the disparity between his car and those of the other top teams is often greatly exaggerated - but he is taking real rostrum finishes and keeping the sponsors happy.
Schumacher barely complains - he is glad to be enjoying himself in the cockpit again. Alonso is a relentless whinger and plays up to the image. Rossi has to express his grievances with a smile and avoid looking like a sore loser. That's the personality that fans have come to expect from him.
MotoGP has attempted to redress the balance with a change in the testing limitations. "We all know which factories are based where. The rules benefit Ducati," said Ramon Forcada this week, in reference to Ducati's close proximity to the Mugello circuit where they will carry out extensive testing. F1 tried to bring in DRS, KERS and OTBD (Off-Throttle Blown Diffusers, but the initials sound cooler), with limited success.
It's all rather similar, then. It might sound like heresy, but I think that a higher percentage of F1 races this year have been exciting contests. However, a great MotoGP race will always be the best 45 minutes of racing around. Fingers crossed that they increase in frequency.