The 2013 season may have only just passed the halfway stage, but that doesn't mean that 2014 isn't well within the sights of many MotoGP teams and riders.
The summer break in the MotoGP campaign is often the launching pad for announcements for the following season, and this year has been no different.
Plans and deals that have been months in the making start to become formalised as team managers, sponsors, agents and riders confirm their plans for the future. Redbull.com runs the rule over how 2014 is beginning to form up...
There'll be no change at two of the factory teams next year with Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) tied to deals. The balance of experience, titles and raw talent amongst the quartet is enough to keep things entertaining enough!
Cal Crutchlow will join the factory Ducati team, reuniting with former Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso who's currently trying to tame the Desmosedici. Since Crutchlow's announcement at the start of the month reaction has been mixed with many fans questioning the decision to join the Italian marque, which hasn't won a race since the end of the 2010 season. However, with Audi in control and the chance of having full factory support at his disposal, Crutchlow envisages being at the centre of a revival.
Brothers in arms
The Espargaró brothers will compete in the same category again as Pol steps up to MotoGP with the Yamaha Tech 3 team. Alongside brother Aleix – against whom he has already raced in Moto2 – the younger Pol will debut in MotoGP as he looks to go some way towards making a similar impact as his former Moto2 rival Márquez. Aleix's displays on the Aspar CRT machine have garnered high praise, and his plans for 2014 are yet to be confirmed.
There will be at least three confirmed British riders in MotoGP next year, with Scott Redding joining Crutchlow and Bradley Smith in the premier class. Redding, who currently leads the Moto2 World Championship, has confirmed he will make the move up to MotoGP in 2014, but has so far refrained from announcing his destination. Alongside the trio, Michael Laverty also looks set to be retained by Paul Bird Motorsport after an impressive debut season on their CRT machine, bringing the Brit pack up to at least four.
Hayden back to Honda?
After being told his Ducati contract was not being renewed in order to make way for Crutchlow, the latest speculation surrounding 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden is a possible ride with the LCR team on a production Honda. The American, who won his title on a factory Honda seven years ago, had also been linked with the Forward Racing team who are looking to run a production Yamaha engine and chassis set-up next season.