MotoGP locks in pre-season testing schedule

Malaysia will again host the first pre-season test in 2018

MotoGP has confirmed its 2018 pre-season testing schedule, which will be run at Sepang, Buriram, and Losail.

Buriram has replaced Phillip Island, ahead of the circuit’s debut on the calendar proper with next year’s inaugural Thailand Grand Prix.

Malaysian track Sepang will again serve as the host of the first test of the pre-season, which will take place over three days on January 28-30, with the maiden Buriram test following next on February 16-18.

The final three official testing days of the 2018 pre-season will again be held at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit.

The running in Qatar is slated to take place on March 1-3, a little over two weeks before the opening race of the 2018 campaign, which will take place at the same venue.

MotoGP has also confirmed official in-season test sessions will be held at the Barcelona, Jerez and Brno tracks after grand prix events take place at those circuits of the course of the 2018 season.

The provisional 2018 calendar was released earlier this month and features 19 races.

The Silverstone circuit is in danger of losing its place on the schedule after the provisional calendar listed the host venue for the British Grand Prix as TBA.

MotoGP promoter Dorna is understood to be in negotiations with both Silverstone and Donington for 2018 and beyond, with the former ‘extremely keen’ to keep the race it has hosted since 2010.

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