This comes after criticism from riders and teams alike about the intense nature of the current calendar, with only two back-to-back European races shortening the summer break to only two weeks and essentially giving a race every other weekend for months. Dorna will demand the track is resurfaced, or at the very least that the circuit fixes the draining problems at the track. . Despite the same events, next year's pre-season test schedule will be reduced from three to two outings, at Sepang and then Qatar. The reason for Germany being a week earlier is to be give the riders a summer break, the series now having 3 weekends off before returning at Brno.
The circus ends up at Valencia, as usual, on 17th November. Here below the provisional calendar. We will see if the design is enough. If the Sachsenring round is held a week after Assen, on 7th July, this would give the riders 3 free weekends between Germany and Brno. One significant change to the calendar is that the Misano round has been moved back a week to September 15th, to avoid a clash with the F1 round at Monza, due to happen on September 8th. More clarity is expected next weekend, when the provisional calendar is due to be announced. That represents a slightly shorter timespan than this season, with next year featuring double-headers in August and September as well as a repeat of the Japan-Australia-Malaysia triple-header in October and November.
One significant change to the calendar is that the Misano round has been moved back a week to 15th September, to avoid a clash with the F1 round at Monza, due to happen on 8th September. Dorna and the manufacturers would like to see a race in Mexico as soon as reasonably possible. The championship will get underway in Qatar on 10 March, with the traditional evening race, and conclude on 17 November at Valencia. The flyaways happen in the same order as this year, with the paddock heading to Thailand, then a break for a week, then Motegi, Phillip Island, and Sepang all back-to-back, Sepang starting in November for the first time. Marc Marquez currently leads the world championship by 59 points and he is chasing a third straight title.
After hosting Formula 1 races in the '80s, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was redeveloped to host the series in 2015. The expected scenario is that the race will be held at Silverstone on 25th August, the weekend of the August Bank Holiday. However, , there could be a problem with the Misano round, as F1 has provisionally scheduled the Monza round to be on the 8th September, the same date as Misano. Personally I'm in favour of 15 races a year, for me it strikes the right balance of tension to entertainment. With 20, well, there's so much more scope for points recovery.
The reason for Germany being a week earlier is to be give the riders a summer break, the series now having 3 weekends off before returning at Brno. The European rounds will take place in their traditional sequence, starting with Jerez on 5th May. In a 10 race season, each race would be absolutely critical. The calendar is broadly similar to this year's schedule, with a few tweaks. Le Mans, Mugello, Barcelona, and Assen all follow at two-week intervals, with the final race before the summer break being at the Sachsenring, a week after Assen. The 2019 season will once again commence in Qatar, a week earlier than last year on March 10, and will conclude at Valencia on November 17. The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019 has been set for 25-27 October 2019 at Phillip Island.
Please be assured we will be contacting you as soon as we have further information. Dorna will demand the track is resurfaced, or at the very least that the circuit fixes the draining problems at the track. This puts the Misano and Aragon rounds back-to-back, a logistical challenge given the 1500km which separates the two circuits. After riders criticised the short length of this year's summer break, a four-week gap between races has been restored by making the Assen and Sachsenring rounds back-to-back, with the latter taking place a week earlier than in 2018. Should Finland be completed by 2020, it will probably take the place of another European round rather than join as a 21st race. The cancellation of the British Grand Prix will see only 18 races counted in 2018, but the event at Silverstone returns for the next campaign.
The season kicks off in Qatar on 10th March, then heads to Argentina. There are no big differences with respect to the 2018 calendar, with organisers striving to avoid consecutive races. The Misano-Aragon pairing, which produces a two-weekend break after Silverstone, seems to be aimed at avoiding a direct clash with the Italian F1 Grand Prix on September 8. The July summer break, cut to a meagre two weekends this year, will be extended to three weekends with Assen-Sachsenring present despite some earlier doubts and Misano-Aragon becoming back-to-back events. Marc Marquez currently leads the world championship by 59 points and he is chasing a third straight title.
Once again, we do thank you for your continued patience and understanding. The 19-round championship is due to begin in Qatar one week earlier than this year, on March 10, followed by a two-weekend break before Argentina. The numerical symmetry of that may be pleasing, but there were plans to have 20 races next season. In a 15 race season you can screw up maybe once or twice, but that's about it. While there are no new-entries, there are also no cancellations: Sachsenring and Silverstone, the two most talked-about circuits this year, are both confirmed.