Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Vinales claimed the fastest time Thursday, the first of three test days at Qatar with a 1:55.053. To put this time into perspective, the Fastest Lap at Qatar (across all sessions) is a 1:53.927 set by Jorge Lorenzo in 2008 during qualifying (Yamaha).
Marc Marquez's current contract was set to expire following 2018, but on Monday Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) announced an extension. The 25-year-old Spaniard will continue piloting the Honda RC213V through the 2020 MotoGP Championship.
The official 2018 MotoGP entry list was released Thursday, features 10 factory riders and 14 Independent Rider Team pilots. One more test remains (March 1-3, Qatar) ahead of the 2018 season opener at Qatar's Losail International Circuit March 17.
With little time available following the departure of Jonas Folger from the Monster Yamaha Tech3, the French-based MotoGP team was in a scramble to find a replacement rider. That rider was finally announced Wednesday - the Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin.
Honda's were three-for-three during the debut MotoGP test at Thailand's Chang International Circuit. Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa led the final day.
The reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez was the first rider to post under the 1:30 mark at Thailand's Chang Circuit during the second day of MotoGP Testing.
Honda's Crutchlow was quickest during the debut at Thailand's Chang International Circuit. The Brit led Suzuki's Rins during the first day of testing.
Randy Mamola, who for 38 years has been an influence in MotoGP racing both on and off the track, will be inducted into the MotoGP Legends Hall of Fame.
Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo was quickest during the three-day MotoGP test at Sepang, the five-time World Champ setting a new fastest lap.
London’s Michael Scott has created a spectacular biography that covers Valentino Rossi from his earliest days to the present.
Known as "The Maniac Joe" due to an aggressive riding style that has lead to a number of crashes in his MotoGP career, Factory Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone will be wearing an HJC helmet in the 2018/2019 seasons.
Just ahead of Sepang MotoGP testing, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP announced that it has extended Maverick Vinales' contract through 2020.
Jonas Folger "doesn’t feel completely ready, physically and mentally, at the moment," and will not compete with Monster Tech3 Yamaha in 2018 MotoGP.
With less than two weeks to go before the first official MotoGP test in 2018 at Sepang International Circuit (January 28-30), the Ducati Team unveiled its Desmosedici GP18 prototype alongside factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo, and test rider Michele Pirro.
Motorcycle suits with airbag technology were never mandatory, but that changes for all classes across the 2018 MotoGP World Championship, including Moto2 and Moto3 pilots.