2018 MotoGP Race Season Live in Saigon
The 2018 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season is the 70th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season. Marc Márquez entered the season as the reigning champion, with Repsol Honda being the reigning team champions and Honda the reigning constructors' champions.
After nine rounds of the championship, Marc Márquez holds the championship lead, after winning three consecutive races during spring and five overall. Valentino Rossi is in second and Maverick Viñales in third, neither of whom have won a race. Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and Jorge Lorenzo were the other race winners.
2018 Team changes
- LCR Honda expanded to enter a second bike for the first time since 2015.
- Aspar Racing Team will race under the name of "Ángel Nieto Team" from 2018 in honor of the late Ángel Nieto.
2018 Rider changes
- Sam Lowes was released from his contract with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini one year before it expired. Lowes returned to the Moto2 category.
- Thomas Lüthi moved up to MotoGP, making his début with EG 0,0 Marc VDS after competing in the intermediate class for eleven seasons.
- 2017 Moto2 champion Franco Morbidelli was promoted to MotoGP, making his début with EG 0,0 Marc VDS.
- Esteve Rabat returned to Reale Avintia Racing, after leaving EG 0,0 Marc VDS. He was partnered by Xavier Siméon who moved up to the premier class. Rabat previously competed with Avintia Racing under the name By Queroseno Racing (BQR) between the 2005 125cc and the 2011 Moto2 seasons.
- Takaaki Nakagami moved up to MotoGP with Team LCR.
- Scott Redding left Pramac Racing at the end of the 2017 season to join Aprilia Racing Team Gresini. His place was taken by Jack Miller.
- Loris Baz left MotoGP and returned to Superbike World Championship.
- Héctor Barberá returned to the intermediate class, Moto2, after leaving Reale Avintia Racing. Barberá has completed eight seasons in the premier class.
- Jonas Folger, who was on the provisional entry list, withdrew from the 2018 season to focus on recovery from illness. Hafizh Syahrin moved up to MotoGP to fill his spot in Monster Yamaha Tech 3. He is the first Malaysian rider to compete in the sport's premier class.
The following Grands Prix are scheduled to take place in 2018:
|1||18 March||Grand Prix of Qatar||Losail International Circuit, Lusail|
|2||8 April||Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina||Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero|
|3||22 April||Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas[||Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas|
|4||6 May||Gran Premio Red Bull de España||Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto, Jerez de la Frontera|
|5||20 May||HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France||Circuit Bugatti, Le Mans|
|6||3 June||Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley||Mugello Circuit, Scarperia e San Piero|
|7||17 June||Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló|
|8||1 July||Motul TT Assen||TT Circuit Assen, Assen|
|9||15 July||Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland||Sachsenring, Hohenstein-Ernstthal|
|10||5 August||Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky||Automotodrom Brno, Brno|
|11||12 August||Eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg|
|12||26 August||GoPro British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone|
|13||9 September||Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano Adriatico|
|14||23 September||Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón||Motorland Aragón, Alcañiz|
|15||7 October||PTT Thailand Grand Prix||Buriram International Circuit,[N 1] Buriram|
|16||21 October||Motul Grand Prix of Japan||Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi|
|17||28 October||Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix||Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island|
|18||4 November||Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix||Sepang International Circuit, Selangor|
|19||18 November||Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana||Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia|
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