“The rise of a new legend, the stagnation of another, and a return, of The Doctor.”

Hey guys, Dre here, and if I’m honest, this is going to be a 2nd take, because I originally I had one of those moments where I was about 60% through writing this entire Season Review, and I didn’t like where it was going, so I decided to scrap it. Rather than just doing what I normally do and that’s bombard you with numbers, stats and babble, I thought I’d try this again, only this time, be a little bit more creative, and hopefully, you’ll enjoy it.

So, 2014 was a season, where, the usual faces were at the top of the pile, but not in the order you might expect. Marc Marquez stole the entire first half of the season, but it was Valentino Rossi who found resurgence, while in a strange reversal of sorts, it was Jorge Lorenzo to be the one who was stagnating, with Dani Pedrosa bringing up the year. We also had the most loaded midcard the sport has ever seen, with new talent impressing and some more familiar faces showing remarkable improvement, as well as incredible drama, like no other sport in the world can. Let’s review, the 2014 Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing Season.


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The Marc Marquez Show

Well, where else do you start than #93? The rookie had already stunned the racing world when he won his first Championship at the tender age of 21, narrowly pipping Jorge Lorenzo at the last, but there were doubts in the air for the young Spaniard when a broken leg in a Motocross event just 4 weeks before the season opener in Qatar raised some eyebrows. But he quickly laid that to rest, coming on top in a great fight with Valentino Rossi to take his first win in the opening round in Qatar, a race where many more experienced riders failed to handle the conditions properly.

Simply put, Marc Marquez in the first half of the season, was terrifying. Practically perfect. He won the first 10 rounds of the season, a feat not seen since the days of Mick Doohan in the 90’s, and he done so in spectacular fashion. A complaint that many fans had, said he was boring. I disagree. It’s not the fact that he won, it’s the way he did it that was often so captivating. From Qatar’s sensational Rossi fight, to the comeback from 10th after Jorge Lorenzo bumped him offline in Le Mans, to the 4-way dogfight in Catalunya, or the level of sheer dominance in Texas, and even in rainy conditions, an arguable previous weakness of Marc from 2013, in Assen and Germany.

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By the time the wheelspin error on his bike ended the streak in Brno, the season was practically already over from a competitive standpoint, and if anything, the 2nd half of the season showed he was indeed still human. His youthful talent outmatched his brain in Aragon, where a surefire and record equalling 12th victory was swept up as he stayed out too long, as well as pushing too hard in Aragon when Valentino got away, but in the course of 2014, he is the man you can no longer bet against, and for a kid who’s still just 21 years old, that’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen in MotoGP before.

To beat the strongest MotoGP field we’ve ever seen, in such a fashion, shattering records and outclassing many established World Champions, is simply astonishing. And if he can have a mistake free season somewhere, goodness only know what he could be capable of. As much as older fans want to point out Mick Doohan had a