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MotoGP 2018

Marc Marquez of Honda (Photo: MotoGP) The 2018 MotoGP season began on March 18 in Qatar, and will conclude on November 18 in Valencia, Spain.

Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the Premier Championship of motorcycle racing. It is divided into three classes. MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. Since 2012, the engine capacity of the bikes has been 1000ccc, meaning the monster bikes reach speeds of up to 350km/h.

The 2018 MotoGP season began with the Qatar Grand Prix in Lusail. Riders also travel to America, Italy, the Czech Republic, England, Japan and Australia – amongst other countries – before finishing the season in Spain for the Valencian Community Grand Prix.

The record for most titles won by a MotoGP racer is held by Italian Giacamo Agostini, who won 15 MotoGP titles between 1966-75. He won eight titles in the 500cc category and seven in the 350cc category.

In a career lasting 13 successful years, he raced 186 times, winning 122 and tallying a combined total of 1493 points.

Since its inception in 1949, Italian drivers have won the most World Championships with75, while the United Kingdom is behind them with 44.

Australia is sixth in the combined rankings winning a total of 11 World Championships. One of the most famous Australian riders was Mick Doohan, who won five MotoGP Championships between 1994 and 1998.

2018 will see Spaniard Marc Marquez attempt to claim a whopping fifth title in six years after he won a fourth championship in 2017.

2018 MotoGP Grand Prix

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit Location
1 March 18 Grand Prix of Qatar Losail International Circuit Lusail, Qatar
2 April 8 Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina Auodromo Termas de Rio Hondo Santiago del Estero, Argentina
3 April 22 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas Circuit of the Americas Austin, USA
4 May 6 Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto Jerez, Spain
5 May 20 HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France Circuit Bugatti Le Mans, France
6 June 3 Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley Mugello Circuit Florence, Italy
7 June 17 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Barcelona, Catalonia
8 July 1 Motul TT Assen TT Circuit Assen Assen, Netherlands
9 July 15 Pramac Montorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Sachsenring Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany
10 August 5 Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky Automotodrom Brno Brno, Czech Republic
11 August 12 Eyetime Montorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Austria
12 August 26 GoPro British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone Silverstone, UK
13 September 9 Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Maro Somincelli Misano Adriatico, San Marino
14 September 23 Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon Motorland Aragon Alcaniz, Spain
15 October 7 PTT Thailand Grand Prix Buriram International Circuit Buriram, Thailand
16 October 21 Motul Grand Prix of Japan Twin Ring Motegi Motegi, Japan
17 October 28 Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Phillip Island, Australia
18 November 4 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit Selangor, Malaysia
19 November 18 Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana Circuit Ricardo Tormo Valencia, Spain