The inaugural Thailand MotoGP is set to be held on October 5-7.

The date is listed on the provisional 2018 MotoGP calendar, which confirms the Buriram round as the only new addition to the present 18-race line-up.

As rumoured, Thailand will precede the usual Japan-Australia-Malaysia run, with a weekend off separating the new event from the established triple header.

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The British MotoGP is set for its usual late-August date, but with the venue still to be decided following the Circuit of Wales fallout. The choice is understood to be continue with Silverstone under a new deal or switch to Donington Park.

The 2018 season is pencilled-in to start in Qatar on March 18th (one week earlier than this year) and finish at Valencia on November 18th (one week later).

However, the summer break has been slashed from four weekends off to just two.

Finland is due to join the MotoGP calendar in 2019...

Provisional 2018 MotoGP calendar:
Round 1: 18 March Qatar* Doha/Losail
Round 2: 8 April Argentina Termas de Rio Hondo
Round 3: 22 April Americas COTA
Round 4: 6 May Spain Jerez de la Frontera
Round 5: 20 May France Le Mans
Round 6: 3 June Italy Mugello
Round 7: 17 June Catalunya Catalunya
Round 8: 01 July Netherlands TT Assen
Round 9: 15 July Germany Sachsenring
Round 10: 5 August Czech Republic Brno
Round 11: 12 August Austria Red Bull Ring
Round 12: 26 August Great Britain TBA
Round 13: 9 September San Marino & Riviera di Rimini Misano
Round 14: 23 September Aragon MotorLand Aragon
Round 15: 7 October Thailand Buriram
Round 16: 21 October Japan Motegi
Round 17: 28 October Australia Phillip Island
Round 18: 4 November Malaysia Sepang
Round 19: 18 November Valencia Ricardo Tormo-Valencia
* Evening Race

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There's been quite a lot of talk of the German GP going to Nurburgring next year instead of Sachsenring. Anyone have any news?

I hope not. Although a bit tight for GP machines, I think Sachsenring is a fantastic track that provides one of a kind challenge on the calendar.

That would be intersting to have a new track right before the last race of the season. I imagine they'll be able to test there during the year, even if only to test the tyres. 

19 is a bit much

 

So sad that each year the season opens in front of 5 people and their dogs sitting on the one main grandstand in Qatar. How much better would it be to kick off in Spain or Italy where people actually care that their is a Moto GP race.  But I guess Dorna likes Qatari money more than they care about what we think.

 

Qatar is one of the worst nations on earth and none should promote it or go there, but it's actually one of the better tracks especially at night. So in a way it's a good thing the crowd is nonexistent

Qatar is a strange place to be on the calendar considering the attendance numbers. But it comes down to how much $ it brings to Dorna & the sport. Night race is pretty cool I guess & I heard the generators powering those lights has direct fuel feed from the oil well below the track.

I was really hoping they could just move the british gp a weekend or two either way so that the bank holiday BSB at cadwell could happen again. But if it ends up back at donington then i think i could live with it.

BSB cadwell has been my highlight of the year for the last decade or so. bank holiday all day sat either at the mountain or the start/finish. Nothing comes close. It'd be such a shame if this new arrangement becomes the norm.

Better still...hold the GP at Cadwell over Bank Holiday weekend. Sorry, drifted off there for a minute. Seriously, hope it's Donington. Yup, facilities need an upgrade, but it's a better track for watching bikes than Silverstone. Wish they'd move PhIllip Island to a better date for the good weather.

Silverstone never wanted the British Motogp race. They only stepped in 2010 because Donington had there Formula 1 disaster and had no racing until September that year. Also Dorna how run Motogp and gave the Contract to Circuit of Wales a racing venue that was never going to built and know never will. Dorna do not have a venue for the race now. Donington was going to host it from 2015 but were not given the money to resurface the race track. Silverstone would also need to resurface as F1 runs there but only unitl 2018. MotorSportVision now run Donington and it is not up to Motogp standards. It has had a lot of work done over the last 7 years to got it back up and running again as a racing venue but still need a lot of work spectator facilities are not good eg toilets. Where are they going to get the money to upgrade to motogp standard.

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