Incredibly, we have reached the halfway point of the season—nine races—and have seen just one winner.
Marc Marquez, the 21-year-old Catalan superstar, has dominated the headlines, scoring a maximum 225 points along the way.
A brief scan of the results would hint at a MotoGP series reminiscent of the Formula One era of the 2000s—a procession of vehicles with a rare bit of action to get excited about (maybe I am being harsh on F1, but that is when I fell out of love). In fact, this season has been far from that and, despite resulting in the same outcome every time as far as the No. 1 position goes, has actually had a bit of everything.
From gaffes on the grid to heated last-lap battles to a pit-lane start-line pileup to an "Open Class" pole position to a Ducati finishing less than seven seconds behind the race winner, 2014 has had its fair share of action already.
While the title is more or less wrapped up in favour of Marquez, let's not forget the Moto2 and particularly the Moto3 classes, which are still wide open.
Here is a quick run through some of the main areas that have proved hot or not in the first nine races of 2014.