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MotoGP, The 2018 calendar: Thailand takes it to 19 GPs

The championship will start in Qatar on 18 March and will close at Valencia on 19 November, all of the 2017 rounds are reconfirmed

MotoGP: The 2018 calendar: Thailand takes it to 19 GPs

A provisional 2018 MotoGP calendar has been published and, as already announced, the rounds will increase to 19, a new record for motorcycling. All of this season's Grand Prix have been confirmed, while the Thai round is added, set to take place on 7 October at the Chang International Circuit.

The championship, as is tradition, will kick off with the night race in Qatar, scheduled to take place on 18 March, ten days earlier than the 2017 round. Then it's the turn of the Argentina and Texas rounds, before the series moves to Europe.

As for the two Italian rounds, the Mugello GP will play out no 3 June while San Marino is set for 9 September.

All of the tracks are confirmed as of now, with the exception of the British Grand Prix where there is still a question mark, though Silverstone remains the frontrunner.

The Thai event comes before the classic Japan-Australia-Malaysia triple-header. This, without doubt, is one more financial burden, particularly for the smaller Moto2 and Moto3 teams.

The season will end at Valencia on 18 November, exactly 9 months after it begins.

Here is the full calendar.

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Translated by Heather Watson

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