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.