The MotoGP Silly Season in 2013 has been a rather quiet affair, with Cal Crutchlow's move to Ducati to replace Nicky Hayden the only transaction among the three factory teams.
But strap in tight for next year, as all of these riders on factory or satellite machinery will be out of contract after the 2014 season and could become free agents: Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Bradley Smith, Alvaro Bautista, Ben Spies and Stefan Bradl.
Looking into the murky purple liquid inside the Magic 8-Ball, it seems almost certain that Marquez will be locked down quickly into a long-term contract with Honda. But Pedrosa will finish his ninth season with Repsol Honda - his only MotoGP team - in 2014, and HRC's continued belief in his status as a championship winner may finally have eroded.
One would think Yamaha would keep Lorenzo on a lucrative, long-term deal, as he's the best rider in the series without the last name Marquez. But Lorenzo and Honda courted briefly over Casey Stoner's empty seat last summer, so could HRC and Spanish oil giant Repsol find enough cash to put Lorenzo and Marquez on the same superteam?
It also remains to be seen whether Rossi will want to continue past next season, as he will turn 36 in February 2015. The 2015 season would be his 20th in Grand Prix racing.
Dovizioso also could be a prime suspect to pull a moving truck on Borgo Panigale in Bologna. He'll want to continue trying to coax performance out of the Desmosedici which may continue to be difficult, unless Ducati makes huge strides in 2014.
Expect a bidding war for Lorenzo's services.