Good news if you’re trying to plan for holidays next year, with the 2018 official MotoGP Race Calendar announced. Now you can rearrange trips abroad and family events around motorcycle racing, which is the way it should be.
There are still a few races left of the 2017 season, which ends in Valencia on November 12th. But the season will last even longer in 2018, as the MotoGP championship expands to 19 rounds, with the addition of the Chang International Circuit for the Thai GP for the first time. So racing starts a little earlier on March 18, 2018, and runs until a week later on November 18th, at Valencia as always.
You’ll also notice the venue for the 2018 British MotoGP is yet to be confirmed due to ongoing discussions between MotoGP promoter Dorna, Silverstone and Donington. It’s been confused by the continued drama around the proposed Circuit of Wales, which had originally made a deal for Silverstone to continue holding the meeting from 2015-2019.
So Dorna is speaking to both Silverstone and Donington regarding 2018 and beyond. We’d expect the situation to be resolved fairly soon, but honestly, we’d have hoped to see Brands Hatch included. Donington is a great circuit, but a pain for access and it means endless debates about whether the nearby airport makes the track slippery. Meanwhile Silverstone is one of the best circuits in the world to get into, and out of. But it’s also a featureless, flat bit of Northamponshire which still confuses everyone by having the old and new pits. Meanwhile Brands Hatch has character, the chance to hear the MotoGP machines reverberate through the woodland section, and the catchment area to cover casual fans in London and the South East.
I know Silverstone and Donington have shared duties since the first British motorcycle GP in 1977, following the removal of the Isle of Man TT, but it’s a fantastic circuit, and reasonably quick to get to with good links to the M25 and the continent. Plus it’s always fun to see the Dartford Crossing completely dominated by motorcycles, and it used to hold huge crowds for World Superbikes…
Seriously Dorna… Brands Hatch…
2018 Official MotoGP Race Calendar
- Round 1: Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, March 18
- Round 2: Argentina GP, Termas de Rio Hondo, April 8
- Round 3: Americas GP, Circuit of the Americas, April 22
- Round 4: Spanish GP, Circuito de Jerez, May 6
- Round 5: French GP, Le Mans, May 20
- Round 6: Italian GP, Autodromo di Mugello, June 3
- Round 7: Catalunya GP, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, June 17
- Round 8: Dutch GP, TT Circuit Assen, July 1
- Round 9: German GP, Sachsenring, July 15
- Round 10: Czech GP, Automotodrom Brno, August 5
- Round 11: Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring – Speilberg, August 12
- Round 12: British GP, Circuit TBA, August 26
- Round 13: San Marino GP, Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, September 9
- Round 14: Aragon GP, MotorLand Aragon, September 23
- Round 15: Thai GP, Chang International Circuit, October 7
- Round 16: Japanese GP, Twin Ring Motegi, October 21
- Round 17: Australian GP, Phillip Island Circuit October 28
- Round 18: Malaysian GP, Sepang International Circuit, November 4
- Round 19: Valencia GP, Circuit Ricardo Tormo, November 18