|According to MotoGP.com, Michelin has been confirmed as 2018 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix title sponsors. Michelin is also MotoGP’s official tyre supplier.|
MotoGP organizers Dorna Sports has confirmed that tyre supplier Michelin is locked on as title sponsor of the 2018 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, taking top billing at one of the blue riband events of the year once again. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix will take place from the 26 – 28 October at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and will surely prove one of the most spectacular races on the calendar.
Michelin are the official tyre supplier to the premier class of Grand Prix two-wheel racing, and have been since making a return to the Championship in 2016. After that first season proved one of the most exciting ever with nine different winners, 2017 upped the ante even further with an all-time classic duel to the line between eventual Champion Marc Marquez and challenger Andrea Dovizioso. The stunning racing has already begun to define this Michelin-shod era as one of the best ever, something that shows no signs of slowing, and this title sponsor agreement makes for another important addition to the relationship between Michelin and MotoGP.
Matthew Ye, Senior Vice President Business Line 2 Wheels Worldwide, commented, “Michelin is active in motorsport in order to take its technologies forward and provide its consumers with the very best products. A high number of Michelin hypersport tyre ranges benefit from the brand’s winning technologies. Our association with MotoGP has helped us to build brand awareness in many key high-growth markets. Our continuing involvement with the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix as title sponsor provides us with a first class platform to address biking enthusiasts across the world.”
As MotoGP prepares to fire up for 2018, the story of the season remains to be written, but the Michelin Australian MotoGP is certain to be one of its most exciting chapters once again.
2018 MotoGP season at a glance:
The season-opening race is again at Losail, under the floodlights, from 16 – 18 March. The entourage then head to South America where they’ll compete on the Argentine track of Termas de Rio Hondo, round 2 of the championship, 6 – 8 April.
The circus then move North to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX, from 20 – 22 April. This is the one and only U.S. trip for MotoGP. After the flyaway races, MotoGP begins the bulk of the season in Europe, starting with Jerez from 4 – 6 May. Immediately after, they jetset to Le Mans for round 6 from 18 – 20 May, then Mugello from 1 – 3 June. The circuit de Catalunya or Catalan GP is next from 15 – 17 June, followed by the MotoGP-only round at the Assen TT in the Netherlands on 1 July.
The Sachsenring in Germany will host round 9 in mid-July, then it’s the Brno track in Czech Republic hosting round 10 in early August. The European leg continues at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, round 11, from mid-August, promptly after is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone from 24 – 26 August. Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli gets ready to host round 13 in early September, prior to the final race of the European leg at the Aragon track in Spain from 21 – 23 September.
The start of the Far East flyaway rounds begin at the Chang International circuit from 5-7 October. MotoGP runs for the first time at the Thai track, and a major crowd turn out is expected by the organizers. At this point in the season, the championship title fight is also expected to be in high gear. After Thailand, the crews move to the Twin Ring Motegi from 19 – 21 October.
For the final three races of the year, the Australian GP at Phillip Island kicks things off from 26 – 28 October, then penultimate round at Sepang circuit from 2-4 November. The season will conclude as usual at the Ricardo Tormo track in Valencia, from 16 – 18 November.