British GP venue TBD on '18 MotoGP calendar

British GP venue TBD on '18 MotoGP calendar

13 September 2017 – Next year's provisional record-breaking 19-round MotoGP calendar has been released, with the location for the British Grand Prix yet to be determined.

MotoGP's calendar has sat at 18 events since 2010 but Thailand is a new addition to the roster, with a race at the Chang International Circuit slotted into early October.

This has pushed the remaining races back a week each, meaning the season will come to an end on November 18, with Valencia again playing host to the finale.

Qatar will once more act as the curtain raiser, with the event at Losail to take place a week earlier than in 2017, on March 18, consequently extending the duration of the season by a fortnight.

The only uncertainty on the 2018 calendar is the location for the British Grand Prix, which has again been pencilled in for the final weekend in August.

Silverstone has been the venue for the event since 2010, having taken over duties from Donington Park, which was the host from 1987 to 2009.

However, in recent years Silverstone has remained as host in agreement with the Circuit of Wales, after the proposed venue agreed a deal with Dorna to run the British Grand Prix from 2015 to 2019.

That contract has effectively been cancelled due to the ongoing problems at the CoW, where construction has yet to begin after it failed to secure the required government funding guarantees.

MotoGP officials are understood to be weighing up whether to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, or if it should return to Donington Park.

Provisional 2018 MotoGP calendar:

18 March - Qatar* (Losail)
8 April - Argentina (Río Hondo)
22 April - Americas (Circuit of the Americas)
6 May - Spain (Jerez)
20 May - France (Le Mans)
3 June - Italy (Mugello)
17 June - Catalunya (Barcelona)
1 July - Netherlands (Assen)
15 July - Germany (Sachsenring)
5 August - Czech Republic (Brno)
12 August - Austria (Red Bull Ring)
26 August - Great Britain** (TBC)
9 September - San Marino (Misano)
23 September - Aragon (MotorLand)
7 October - Thailand (Chang)
21 October - Japan (Motegi)
28 October - Australia (Phillip Island)
4 November - Malaysia (Sepang)
18 November - Valencia (Ricardo Tormo)

*Evening Race
**Location to be determined

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