With Taka Nakagami and Karel Abraham signing contracts for 2018 over the weekend, and another announcement due at Silverstone, we can update the 2018 MotoGP rider line up. Just three seats remain open: the second seat at Marc VDS Honda, and both seats at Avintia Ducati. A single question mark behind the name of a rider indicates a very strong rumor. An asterisk indicates an alternative rumor for a signed contract.
|Valentino Rossi||Yamaha M1||2018|
|Maverick Viñales||Yamaha M1||2018|
|Dani Pedrosa||Honda RC213V||2018|
|Marc Márquez||Honda RC213V||2018|
|Andrea Iannone||Suzuki GSX-RR||2018|
|Alex Rins||Suzuki GSX-RR||2018|
|Scott Redding||Aprilia RS-GP||2018|
|Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia RS-GP||2018|
|Bradley Smith*1||KTM RC16||2018|
|Pol Espargaro||KTM RC16||2018|
|Jorge Lorenzo||Ducati GP18||2018|
|Andrea Dovizioso||Ducati GP18||2018|
|Danilo Petrucci||Ducati GP18||2018|
|Jack Miller||Ducati GP17||2018|
|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 Honda2|
|Franco Morbidelli||Honda RC213V||2019|
|Alvaro Bautista||Ducati GP17||2018|
|Karel Abraham||Ducati GP16||2018|
|Tito Rabat?||Ducati GP17?||???|
|Xavier Simeon?||Ducati GP16?||???|
1. There were reports from Austria 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.
2. Marc VDS are expected to make an announcement about a second rider at Silverstone. The official word from the team is that it will almost certainly be "a rider with MotoGP experience". Current favorites are Sam Lowes and Stefan Bradl.
3. Avintia will probably have one Ducati GP17 at their disposal, with the option of a second one, if they can sign a competitive enough rider. Both Tito Rabat and Xavier Simeon are strongly rumored to be close to a deal at Avintia, both riders bringing substantial funding with them.