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2018 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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Marc Márquez is the 2018 MotoGP Champion.

The 2018 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 70th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season. Marc Márquez entered the season as the reigning champion, with Repsol Honda being the reigning team champions and Honda the reigning constructors' champions.

Originally scheduled for 19 races, the season was reduced by one Grand Prix due to the cancellation of the 26 August Silverstone event due to unsafe track conditions involving standing water after a rider vote.[1][2][3][4][5]

Marc Márquez clinched the championship trophy on 21 October 2018 after sixteen rounds, winning three consecutive races during spring, another three consecutive races during autumn and nine overall. Andrea Dovizioso finished in second and Valentino Rossi ended up in third, the former with four wins, while Rossi did not record a race win. Jorge Lorenzo with three wins and a win for Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Viñales were the other race winners. Yamaha suffered their worst winless streak in their history with no wins for 25 races, which lasted from the 2017 German Grand Prix until Viñales won the Australian Grand Prix. KTM got their first podium finish at the Valencian Grand Prix

Contents

Teams and ridersEdit

Team Constructor Motorcycle No. Rider Rounds
  Ducati Team Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP18 04   Andrea Dovizioso[6] All
19   Álvaro Bautista[7] 17
51   Michele Pirro 6, 13, 19
51   Michele Pirro[8] 18[N 1]
99   Jorge Lorenzo[9] 1–16, 18–19[N 1]
  Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 2016[10] 5   Johann Zarco[11] All
Yamaha YZR-M1 2017 55   Hafizh Syahrin[12] All
  HRC Honda Team
  Repsol Honda Team
Honda Honda RC213V 2018 6   Stefan Bradl 10, 13
26   Dani Pedrosa[13] All
93   Marc Márquez[14] All
  EG 0,0 Marc VDS[15] Honda Honda RC213V 2017[16] 6   Stefan Bradl[17] 9[N 2]
12   Thomas Lüthi[18] All
21   Franco Morbidelli[19] All[N 2]
  LCR Honda Honda Honda RC213V 2018 6   Stefan Bradl[20] 18–19
Honda RC213V 2017[21] 30   Takaaki Nakagami[22] All
Honda RC213V 2018[23] 35   Cal Crutchlow[24] 1–17
  Ángel Nieto Team[25] Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP16 7   Mike Jones[7] 17
17   Karel Abraham[26][7] 1–16, 18-19
Ducati Desmosedici GP17 17
19   Álvaro Bautista[27] 1–16, 18-19
  Alma Pramac Racing Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP18 9   Danilo Petrucci[28] All
Ducati Desmosedici GP17[29] 43   Jack Miller[30] All
  Reale Avintia Racing[31] Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP16 10   Xavier Siméon[32] 1–12
Ducati Desmosedici GP17 13–19
Ducati Desmosedici GP16 23   Christophe Ponsson[33] 13
Ducati Desmosedici GP17 53   Tito Rabat[34] 1–12
Ducati Desmosedici GP16 81   Jordi Torres[35] 14–19
  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
  Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing
Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 2018 25   Maverick Viñales[36] All
46   Valentino Rossi[37] All
89   Katsuyuki Nakasuga 16
  Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki Suzuki GSX-RR 29   Andrea Iannone[38] All
42   Álex Rins[39] All
50   Sylvain Guintoli 7, 10, 16
  Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM KTM RC16 36   Mika Kallio 4, 7, 9
38   Bradley Smith[40] All
44   Pol Espargaró[40] 1–10, 13–19
76   Loris Baz[41] 12
  Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia Aprilia RS-GP 41   Aleix Espargaró[42] All
45   Scott Redding[43] All
Key
Regular rider
Wildcard rider
Replacement rider

Team changesEdit

Rider changesEdit

Mid-season changesEdit

CalendarEdit

The following Grands Prix were scheduled to take place in 2018:[46]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 18 March   Grand Prix of Qatar[47] Losail International Circuit, Lusail
2 8 April   Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina[48] Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero
3 22 April   Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas[49] Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
4 6 May   Gran Premio Red Bull de España[50] Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto, Jerez de la Frontera
5 20 May   HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France[51] Circuit Bugatti, Le Mans
6 3 June   Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley[52] Mugello Circuit, Scarperia e San Piero
7 17 June   Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya[53] Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló
8 1 July   Motul TT Assen[54] TT Circuit Assen, Assen
9 15 July   Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland[55] Sachsenring, Hohenstein-Ernstthal
10 5 August   Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky[56] Automotodrom Brno, Brno
11 12 August   Eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
12 26 August   GoPro British Grand Prix[57] Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
13 9 September   Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini[58] Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano Adriatico
14 23 September   Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón[59] Motorland Aragón, Alcañiz
15 7 October   PTT Thailand Grand Prix[60] Buriram International Circuit,[N 3] Buriram
16 21 October   Motul Grand Prix of Japan[61] Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi
17 28 October   Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix[62] Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island
18 4 November   Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix[63] Sepang International Circuit, Selangor
19 18 November   Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana[64] Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia

Calendar changesEdit

Comparison between the configuration of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya used in 2016 and 2017 (top), and the layout used starting 2018 (bottom).
  • The British Grand Prix was scheduled to move from Silverstone to the new Circuit of Wales, but construction on the new track has not commenced.[65] The two circuits reached a deal that will see Silverstone with an option to host the 2018 race.[66] In the end, the British Grand Prix saw all three races being cancelled due to dangerous track conditions on race day, and was not re-arranged.
  • The Thailand Grand Prix is a new addition to the calendar, with the race scheduled for 7 October.
  • The Catalan Grand Prix used a new configuration of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, wherein the previous set of corners of turns 13, 14 and 15 were combined into a sweeping right corner. The new layout was previously used in Formula 1 from 2004 to 2006.

Results and standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

Round Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning rider Winning constructor Report
1   Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix   Johann Zarco   Andrea Dovizioso   Andrea Dovizioso   Ducati Report
2   Argentine motorcycle Grand Prix   Jack Miller   Marc Márquez   Cal Crutchlow   Honda Report
3   Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Americas   Marc Márquez[N 4]   Marc Márquez   Marc Márquez   Honda Report
4   Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix   Cal Crutchlow   Marc Márquez   Marc Márquez   Honda Report
5   French motorcycle Grand Prix   Johann Zarco   Marc Márquez   Marc Márquez   Honda Report
6   Italian motorcycle Grand Prix   Valentino Rossi   Danilo Petrucci   Jorge Lorenzo   Ducati Report
7   Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix   Jorge Lorenzo   Jorge Lorenzo   Jorge Lorenzo   Ducati Report
8   Dutch TT   Marc Márquez   Maverick Viñales   Marc Márquez   Honda Report
9   German motorcycle Grand Prix   Marc Márquez   Marc Márquez   Marc Márquez   Honda Report
10   Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix   Andrea Dovizioso   Jorge Lorenzo   Andrea Dovizioso   Ducati Report
11   Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix   Marc Márquez   Andrea Dovizioso   Jorge Lorenzo   Ducati Report
12   British motorcycle Grand Prix   Jorge Lorenzo Race cancelled[N 5] Report
13   San Marino and Rimini's Coast motorcycle Grand Prix   Jorge Lorenzo   Andrea Dovizioso   Andrea Dovizioso   Ducati Report
14   Aragon motorcycle Grand Prix   Jorge Lorenzo   Andrea Dovizioso   Marc Márquez   Honda Report
15   Thailand motorcycle Grand Prix   Marc Márquez   Marc Márquez   Marc Márquez   Honda Report
16   Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix   Andrea Dovizioso   Marc Márquez   Marc Márquez   Honda Report
17   Australian motorcycle Grand Prix   Marc Márquez   Maverick Viñales   Maverick Viñales   Yamaha Report
18   Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix   Marc Márquez[N 6]   Álex Rins   Marc Márquez   Honda Report
19   Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix   Maverick Viñales   Andrea Dovizioso   Andrea Dovizioso   Ducati Report

Riders' standingsEdit

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. A rider has to finish the race to earn points. The British GP was canceled due to unsafe track conditions.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Pos Rider Bike QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
SPA
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
AUT
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
THA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Marc Márquez Honda 2 18 1 1 1 16 2 1 1 3 2 C 2 1 1 1 Ret 1 Ret 321
2   Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1 6 5 Ret Ret 2 Ret 4 7 1 3 C 1 2 2 18 3 6 1 245
3   Valentino Rossi Yamaha 3 19 4 5 3 3 3 5 2 4 6 C 7 8 4 4 6 18 13 198
4   Maverick Viñales Yamaha 6 5 2 7 7 8 6 3 3 Ret 12 C 5 10 3 7 1 4 Ret 193
5   Álex Rins Suzuki Ret 3 Ret Ret 10 5 Ret 2 Ret 11 8 C 4 4 6 3 5 2 2 169
6   Johann Zarco Yamaha 8 2 6 2 Ret 10 7 8 9 7 9 C 10 14 5 6 Ret 3 7 158
7   Cal Crutchlow Honda 4 1 19 Ret 8 6 4 6 Ret 5 4 C 3 Ret 7 2 DNS 148
8   Danilo Petrucci Ducati 5 10 12 4 2 7 8 Ret 4 6 5 C 11 7 9 9 12 9 Ret 144
9   Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ret 15 11 Ret 6 1 1 7 6 2 1 C 17 Ret DNS DNS WD 12 134
10   Andrea Iannone Suzuki 9 8 3 3 Ret 4 10 11 12 10 13 C 8 3 11 Ret 2 Ret Ret 133
11   Dani Pedrosa Honda 7 Ret 7 Ret 5 Ret 5 15 8 8 7 C 6 5 Ret 8 Ret 5 5 117
12   Álvaro Bautista Ducati 13 16 15 8 Ret 9 9 9 5 9 10 C 9 Ret 8 5 4 7 Ret 105
13   Jack Miller Ducati 10 4 9 6 4 Ret Ret 10 14 12 18 C 18 9 10 Ret 7 8 Ret 91
14   Pol Espargaró KTM Ret 11 13 11 11 11 11 12 Ret DNS Ret DNS 21 13 Ret Ret 3 51
15   Franco Morbidelli Honda 12 14 21 9 13 15 14 DNS WD 13 19 C 12 11 14 11 8 12 Ret 50
16   Hafizh Syahrin Yamaha 14 9 Ret 16 12 12 Ret 18 11 14 16 C 19 18 12 10 Ret 10 10 46
17   Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 19 Ret 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 DNS 15 17 C 14 6 13 Ret 9 11 Ret 44
18   Bradley Smith KTM 18 Ret 16 13 14 14 Ret 17 10 Ret 14 C 16 13 15 12 10 15 8 38
19   Tito Rabat Ducati 11 7 8 14 Ret 13 Ret 16 13 Ret 11 C 35
20   Takaaki Nakagami Honda 17 13 14 12 15 18 Ret 19 Ret 17 15 C 13 12 22 15 14 14 6 33
21   Scott Redding Aprilia 20 12 17 15 Ret Ret 12 14 15 Ret 20 C 21 16 16 19 13 19 11 20
22   Michele Pirro Ducati DNS 15 Ret 4 14
23   Karel Abraham Ducati 15 20 Ret 18 17 Ret 13 Ret 18 18 21 C 20 15 17 Ret 11 Ret 14 12
24   Stefan Bradl Honda 16 Ret Ret 13 9 10
25   Mika Kallio KTM 10 Ret DNS 6
26   Katsuyuki Nakasuga Yamaha 14 2
27   Xavier Siméon Ducati 21 21 20 17 18 17 Ret Ret 19 20 Ret C Ret 19 18 16 15 17 DNS 1
28   Jordi Torres Ducati 20 19 17 17 DNS 15 1
  Thomas Lüthi Honda 16 17 18 Ret 16 Ret Ret 20 17 16 22 C 22 17 20 20 16 16 Ret 0
  Mike Jones Ducati 18 0
  Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki Ret 19 21 0
  Christophe Ponsson Ducati 23 0
  Loris Baz KTM C 0
Pos Rider Bike QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
SPA
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
AUT
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
THA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
Light blue – Rookie

Manufacturers' standingsEdit

Pos Manufacturer QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
SPA
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
AUT
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
THA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Honda 2 1 1 1 1 6 2 1 1 3 2 C 2 1 1 1 8 1 5 375
2   Ducati 1 4 5 4 2 1 1 4 4 1 1 C 1 2 2 5 3 6 1 335
3   Yamaha 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 4 6 C 5 8 3 4 1 3 7 281
4   Suzuki 9 3 3 3 10 4 10 2 12 10 8 C 4 3 6 3 2 2 2 233
5   KTM 18 11 13 10 11 11 11 12 10 Ret 14 C 16 13 15 12 10 15 3 72
6   Aprilia 19 12 10 15 9 Ret 12 13 15 15 17 C 14 6 13 19 9 11 11 59
Pos Manufacturer QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
SPA
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
AUT
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
THA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts

Teams' standingsEdit

Pos Team Bike
No.
QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
SPA
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
AUT
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
THA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Repsol Honda Team 26 7 Ret 7 Ret 5 Ret 5 15 8 8 7 C 6 5 Ret 8 Ret 5 5 438
93 2 18 1 1 1 16 2 1 1 3 2 C 2 1 1 1 Ret 1 Ret
2   Ducati Team 04 1 6 5 Ret Ret 2 Ret 4 7 1 3 C 1 2 2 18 3 6 1 392
19 4
51 Ret
99 Ret 15 11 Ret 6 1 1 7 6 2 1 C 17 Ret DNS DNS WD 12
3   Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 25 6 5 2 7 7 8 6 3 3 Ret 12 C 5 10 3 7 1 4 Ret 391
46 3 19 4 5 3 3 3 5 2 4 6 C 7 8 4 4 6 18 13
4   Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 29 9 8 3 3 Ret 4 10 11 12 10 13 C 8 3 11 Ret 2 Ret Ret 302
42 Ret 3 Ret Ret 10 5 Ret 2 Ret 11 8 C 4 4 6 3 5 2 2
5   Alma Pramac Racing 9 5 10 12 4 2 7 8 Ret 4 6 5 C 11 7 9 9 12 9 Ret 235
43 10 4 9 6 4 Ret Ret 10 14 12 18 C 18 9 10 Ret 7 8 Ret
6   Monster Yamaha Tech 3 5 8 2 6 2 Ret 10 7 8 9 7 9 C 10 14 5 6 Ret 3 7 204
55 14 9 Ret 16 12 12 Ret 18 11 14 16 C 19 18 12 10 Ret 10 10
7   LCR Honda 6 13 9 191
30 17 13 14 12 15 18 Ret 19 Ret 17 15 C 13 12 22 15 14 14 6
35 4 1 19 Ret 8 6 4 6 Ret 5 4 C 3 Ret 7 2 DNS
8   Ángel Nieto Team 7 18 104
17 15 20 Ret 18 17 Ret 13 Ret 18 18 21 C 20 15 17 Ret 11 Ret 14
19 13 16 15 8 Ret 9 9 9 5 9 10 C 9 Ret 8 5 7 Ret
9   Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 38 18 Ret 16 13 14 14 Ret 17 10 Ret 14 C 16 13 15 12 10 15 8 89
44 Ret 11 13 11 11 11 11 12 Ret DNS Ret DNS 21 13 Ret Ret 3
76 C
10   Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 41 19 Ret 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 DNS 15 17 C 14 6 13 Ret 9 11 Ret 64
45 20 12 17 15 Ret Ret 12 14 15 Ret 20 C 21 16 16 19 13 19 11
11   EG 0,0 Marc VDS 6 16 50
12 16 17 18 Ret 16 Ret Ret 20 17 16 22 C 22 17 20 20 16 16 Ret
21 12 14 21 9 13 15 14 DNS WD 13 19 C 12 11 14 11 8 12 Ret
12   Reale Avintia Racing 10 21 21 20 17 18 17 Ret Ret 19 20 Ret C Ret 19 18 16 15 17 DNS 37
23 23
53 11 7 8 14 Ret 13 Ret 16 13 Ret 11 C
81 20 19 17 17 DNS 15
Pos Team Bike
No.
QAT
 
ARG
 
AME
 
SPA
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
AUT
 
GBR
 
RSM
 
ARA
 
THA
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Jorge Lorenzo competed in the two Friday practice sessions during round 18, before being replaced by Michele Pirro.
  2. ^ a b Franco Morbidelli competed in the first Friday practice session during round 9, before being replaced by Stefan Bradl.
  3. ^ Commercial rights holder Dorna Sports does not refer to the Buriram International Circuit by its commercial name—which includes ThaiBev's Chang Beer—because of alcohol advertising restrictions in France and Qatar.
  4. ^ Márquez was given a 3-place grid penalty for a riding infringement during qualifying[67] but retains the pole position credit despite starting the race from 4th position.[68] Maverick Viñales started the race from the first grid slot.
  5. ^ All racing at Silverstone was cancelled due to sustained heavy rain and unsafe track conditions.[69]
  6. ^ Márquez was given a 6-place grid penalty for a riding infringement during qualifying but retains the pole position credit despite starting the race from 7th position. Johann Zarco started the race from the first grid slot.[70]

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