From political wrangling to red-faced climb-downs, and from Yamaha's tyre woes to Marc Marquez's injury-wrecked pre-season, MotoGP has suffered a winter of discontent.
Out of the ashes however, the shape of the sport's future has arisen. A new class structure has been implemented, with Ducati relinquishing its Factory status.
Honda's and Yamaha's stranglehold has been loosened. And all the major players enter the final year of their existing contracts.
AUTOSPORT analyses the major themes set to dominate the 2014 season.
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Matt Beer started freelancing for Autosport.com in the first week of its existence in 1999, and spent the next decade-and-a-half dovetailing increasing amounts of time contributing to it with UK national reporting, driver and team PR, freelance for organisations including ITV, BMW, Autocourse and the FIA Institute and a parallel career co-managing award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatres.
He stopped being stubborn and became Autosport.com's deputy editor in April 2014. Matt also oversees Haymarket's talent development programme for emerging motorsport writers and escapes to cover Formula Ford 1600 races whenever possible.