Thailand's Buriram circuit will replace Phillip Island on MotoGP's winter test schedule next season, Motorsport.com has learned.
While not yet official, it is expected Thailand will feature on an expanded 19-race 2018 calendar, slotting in late in the season as part of the championship's Asian tour.
But teams have indicated to Motorsport.com that they will get a first taste of the Buriram track, which currently hosts World Superbikes, next February for the second winter test of the year.
As per 2017, the first test of 2018 will be held at Sepang, currently pencilled in for 28-30 January, before teams head on to Thailand for the second test on 16-18 February.
The third and final test will take place in Qatar on 1-3 March ahead of the opening round of the season at the Losail track on 18 March, a week earlier than this year.
A draft 2018 MotoGP calendar confirming Thailand's inclusion is expected to be published in September.