2018 MotoGP Final Rider Line Up

With the announcement that Xavier Simeon will be signing for the Avintia Ducati team, the 2018 MotoGP rider line up is complete.

The full rider line up, complete with contract duration, appears below:

Teams/Riders Bike Contract ends
Factory Teams
Movistar Yamaha
Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 2018
Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 2018
Repsol Honda
Dani Pedrosa Honda RC213V 2018
Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 2018
Ecstar Suzuki
Andrea Iannone Suzuki GSX-RR 2018
Alex Rins Suzuki GSX-RR 2018
Gresini Aprilia
Scott Redding Aprilia RS-GP 2018
Aleix Espargaro Aprilia RS-GP 2018
KTM Factory
Bradley Smith*1 KTM RC16 2018
Pol Espargaro KTM RC16 2018
Factory Ducati
Jorge Lorenzo Ducati GP18 2018
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati GP18 2018
Satellite Teams
Pramac Ducati
Danilo Petrucci Ducati GP18 2018
Jack Miller Ducati GP17 2018
LCR Honda
Cal Crutchlow Honda RC213V 2019
Taka Nakagami Honda RC213V 2018
Monster Tech 3 Yamaha
Jonas Folger Yamaha M1 2018
Johann Zarco Yamaha M1 2018
Marc VDS Honda
Franco Morbidelli Honda RC213V 2019
Tom Luthi Honda RC213V 2018
Aspar Ducati
Alvaro Bautista Ducati GP17 2018
Karel Abraham Ducati GP16 2018
Avintia Ducati
Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 2018
Xavier Simeon Ducati GP16 2019

1. Since Austria, reports have continued that KTM is losing patience with Bradley Smith, and that they may swap his role with Mika Kallio, promoting Kallio to the MotoGP team and making Smith the test rider.

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All wrapped up by mid-September. Tidy.

Of course, then I see all but two of the contracts expiring at the end of 2018, and I'm reminded of the reason for this year's relative calm. The riders (and agents) sighing in relief right now won't have long to relax. 

The 2018 bike doesn't really exist in its released form just yet, the 2017 has the salad box (electronic relocation for fairing shenannigans at the front) and the 2016 bike does not.


There's surely plenty of other detail differences as well.

Fearless prediction - I see their lineup being Alex Rins and Pecco Bagnaia.

And on the old Ducati bikes, Karel Abraham will score more points than Xavier Simeon.

How long will Gresini's involvement in the Aprilia project continue? Annoys me that they are not considered a full factory team. Surely Aprilia have the resources now to run things themselves?