2018 MotoGP Rider Line Up So Far - One Seat Left To Fill

After the announcement that Tito Rabat is to take the GP17 at Avintia Ducati, there is only a single seat still left open on the 2018 MotoGP grid. Xavier Simeon is expected to take that seat, but nothing is yet decided. There are still question marks over Bradley Smith's future at KTM, team bosses unhappy with the Englishman's performance this year. A decision on Smith will likely be taken after the Aragon round of the series. 

Below is the line up as it stands on the Thursday before Misano:

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 Ducati2
Tito Rabat Ducati GP17 2018
Xavier Simeon? Ducati GP16? ???

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.
2. Avintia will have one Ducati GP17 at their disposal, with the option of a second one, if they can sign a competitive enough rider. With Rabat now signed, Xavier Simeon is strongly rumored to be close to a deal at Avintia, bringing substantial funding to the team.

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Not sure why Crutchlow would take a contact until 2019 when all of the factory contracts are done in 2018?  

I understand it's a contract directly with HRC, but it doesn't give him many options when his contract is done. 

Did he comment on this at the time of signing?

Total votes: 6

Cal is very entertaining to watch---I like him and his no bullshit style---on his day, he's fast and can win from time to time, but he is a very expensive (crash repair) rider---but I suppose with HRC behind him, that is not such a big problem after all, Marquez is also an expensive to support...

Total votes: 4