|It was a year to remember for this man.|
At the domestic level, a year later than intended, the War for Four between Shane Byrne and a resurgent Ryuichi Kiyonari raged throughout the season. The pair saw off any challenge from the young(er) guns of the series with Byrne reigning supreme in the finale at Brands Hatch back in October, becoming the first ever 4-time British Superbike Champion.
Sylvain Guintoli, Marco Melandri and Tom Sykes were the main contenders for the 2014 World Superbike title. Some will say the outcome was spoiled through team orders coming into play from both factory Aprilia and Kawasaki teams. However, fierce racing all the way until the chequered flag dropped under the lights in Qatar left 32 year old Sylvain Guintoli top of the pile and 2013 Champion, Sykes, having to play second fiddle.
Although ye old geezers of MotoGP couldn't overcome the youthful exuberance and sensational speed of Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi showed that you can never be too old to adapt your riding style on a motorcycle to remain one of the very best. After Marquez's devastating run of 10 wins in a row from the green light at round one in Qatar, 'The Doctor' tallied up two wins and a further eleven podiums throughout the year, finishing second overall ahead of struggling team mate Jorge Lorenzo.
This special edition of Midweek Debrief will take a look back at the season gone by with our topical sections of Five Riders Worthy of A Mention, Hang Your Head, Medal of Valour, One To Watch, as well as some of our top tweets from the season gone by.
That's not all. Tis the season to be jolly, and thus to give you a biking fix throughout these dark winter days to keep the mood lifted until we all stuff our faces with turkey next week, we've rounded up some light reading and scoured the web for some cracking videos for you all to watch and to whet your two-wheeled appetite 'til we see in the new year. Don't forget to check out the bottom section and ear mark the dates for when action recommences!
This, is End-Of-Season Debrief. See you in 2015!