A somewhat premature announcement has emerged on crash.net, saying a round of the 2018 MotoGP calendar would be hosted at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. However, a later update quoted a spokeperson from Dorna, organisers of the MotoGP, as saying “everything is still under negotiation, as far as the 2018 MotoGP calendar.”

The article quoted a Bangkok Post report, saying a round of the MotoGP would take place in Thailand on October 5 to 7, before proceeding to the current “fly-away” rounds in Japan, Malaysia, and Australia. This is in addition to three other rumoured new additions to the 2018 calendar – Finland, Kazakhstan and Hungary.

While Dorna has remained silent on this, it is said that Finland is not likely to be included in the 2018 fixtures, while a full calendar of 20 races will mean that one existing race will have to be dropped, to accommodate summer and winter breaks, as well as bike and tyre testing dates. A new addition to the MotoGP race schedule has not happened since 2014, when the Termas de Rio circuit in Argentina was included.

In Malaysia, the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is set to host the MotoGP till 2020, with most of the circuit’s events planning and sponsorship geared towards getting a Malaysian rider into the top-flight of MotoGP. In 2016, SIC drew a record crowd of over 160,000 spectators for the MotoGP in October.