MotoGP Calendar: Key Dates And Highlights

Can you hear that roar of anticipation yet? Soon it’ll be real, as rubber and tarmac collide for the start of the official MotoGP calendar. As bike lovers, we know you’re like us – eager for a schedule as to where the best races are, when they’re held, and what we might expect from 2018’s cream of the cc-fuelled crop.

Race no further than to our full, succinct MotoGP calendar, listing all of the highlights we’re expecting from March to November…

The complete MotoGP calendar:

  • 16-18th March: Grand Prix of Qatar, Losail International Circuit
  • 6-8th April: Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina, Termas de Río Hondo
  • 20-22nd April: Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Circuit of the Americas (Austin, Texas)
  • 4-6th May: Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Circuito de Jerez (Spain)
  • 18-20th May: HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, Le Mans
  • 1-3rd June: Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, Autodromo del Mugello (Italy)
  • 15-17th June: Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain)
  • 29th June-1st July: Motul TT Assen, TT Circuit Assen (Netherlands)
  • 13-15th July: GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Sachsenring (Germany)
  • 3-5th August: Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky, Automotodrom Brno (Czech Republic)
  • 10-12th August: Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Red Bull Ring – Spielberg (Austria)
  • 24-26th August: Octo British Grand Prix, Silverstone Circuit
  • 7-9th September: Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli (Italy)
  • 21-23rd September: Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, MotorLand Aragón (Spain)
  • 5-7th October: PTT Thailand Grand Prix, Buriram International Circuit
  • 19-21st October: Motul Grand Prix of Japan, Twin Ring Motegi
  • 26-28th October: Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Phillip Island
  • 2-4th November: Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Sepang International Circuit
  • 16-18th November: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, Circuit Ricardo Tormo (Spain)

And there, in a nutshell, is our MotoGP calendar! We’ll be hunkering by any available screenings when these dates swerve into view. Personally, we love the spectacle of the TT Assen track in the Netherlands just for sheer heritage – it’s great to see new riders screaming down the same trail as their forebears, dating all the way to 1955. But we’re also looking forward to the raucous feel of the Italian courses, and hold a soft spot for Silverstone as an emblem of British motorsport.

Our predictions for 2018

What about predictions? For our money, we wouldn’t bet against Marc Marquez; the 25-year-old may just claim his fifth premier class title, scoring a close success to his 13 wins back in 2014. Yet Maverick Viñales may be leaping out of the box to challenge him, if his test run at Losail is anything to go by. It’ll also be interesting to see how Scott Redding counters the hardship from last season, under the watchful eye of Aprilia…

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