MotoGP set to shorten seven races in 2018

Seven races of the 2018 MotoGP season are set to be shortened in distance, Motorsport.com has learned.

This decision has been taken following the suggestions of some riders in the Safety Commission, who have been discussing which race distances were too long.

Nine Moto2 races and seven Moto3 races will also be reduced in length in order to make scheduling easier for race organisers.

On the MotoGP side, the seven rounds losing laps will be Austin, Jerez, Le Mans, Barcelona, Brno, Misano and Valencia. Most will be reduced by just one lap, although Jerez will lose two and Valencia three.

This reorganisation takes place a year before the arrival of the FIM Moto-e World Cup for electric bikes. Its calendar will include between four and six rounds, all of them in Europe.

The new championship will make Sunday schedules even more packed as it is expected that these races (most of which will be eight laps) will take place before the start of MotoGP at 1400 local time.

Translation by Irene Aneas

Revised MotoGP race distances:

Race2017 distance2018 distance
 Austin 21 laps 20 laps
 Jerez 27 laps 25 laps
 Le Mans 28 laps 27 laps
 Barcelona 25 laps 24 laps
 Brno 22 laps 21 laps
 Misano 28 laps 27 laps
 Valencia 30 laps 27 laps

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