The 2018 MotoGP season begins this weekend at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit. We run you through the 24-strong grid.

11 countries will have a representation in MotoGP next year, with Spain continuing to lead the charts with no fewer than nine riders. Five Italians will be on the grid, while three riders will be from the UK.

There will only be a single rider from France following the departure of Loris Baz, while Belgium, Switzerland and Japan would again have a representation in the premier class.

A Malaysian rider will be present on the MotoGP grid for the first time in 2018 following Tech 3’s decision to sign Hafizh Syahrin as a replacement for the injures Jonas Folger.

Despite the arrival of five new riders, Suzuki’s Alex Rins will remain the youngest rider on the 2018 grid. The Spaniard was born in 1995, when Valentino Rossi was 16-year-old!

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team)

 Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team)

1/24

MotoGP career:
Starts: 170 (debut 2008)
Victories : 44
Podiums : 109
Pole positions : 39
Titles : 3

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)

 Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)

2/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 174 (Debut 2008)
Victories : 6
Podiums : 40
Pole positions : 5

Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing)

 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha Factory Racing)

3/24

500cc/MotoGP career :
Starts : 301 (Debut 2000)
Victories : 89
Podiums : 190
Pole positions : 54
Titles : 7

Maverick Viñales (Yamaha Factory Racing)

 Maverick Viñales (Yamaha Factory Racing)

4/24

MotoGP career :
Debut : 50 (debut 2015)
Victories : 4
Podiums : 10
Pole positions : 4

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team)

 Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team)

5/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 86 (Debut 2013)
Victories : 34
Podiums : 60
Pole positions : 43
Titles : 3

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team)

 Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team)

6/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 195 (Debut: 2006)
Victories : 30
Podiums : 111
Pole positions : 30

Pol Espargaró (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)

 Pol Espargaró (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)

7/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 65 (Debut 2014)
Best result : 4th
Best qualifying : 2nd

Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)

 Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)

8/24

MotoGP career :
Starts : 82 (Debut 2013)
Best result : 2nd
Podiums : 2
Best qualifying : 3nd

Álex Rins (Team Suzuki MotoGP)

 Álex Rins (Team Suzuki MotoGP)

9/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 9 (Debut 2017)
Best result : 8th
Best qualifying : 12th

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki MotoGP)

 Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki MotoGP)

10/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 78 (debut 2013)
Victories : 1
Podiums : 7
Pole positions : 2

Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)

11/24

Rookie

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3)

 Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3)

12/24

MotoGP career :
Starts : 14 (Debut 2017)
Best result : 2nd
Podiums : 1
Pole positions : 1

Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)

 Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)

13/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 126 (Debut 2009)
Best result : 2nd
Podiums : 1
Pole positions : 2

Scott Redding (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)

 Scott Redding (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)

14/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 68 (debut 2014)
Best result : 3rd
Podiums : 2
Best qualifying : 3rd

Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Racing)

 Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Racing)

15/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 96 (Debut 2012)
Best finish : 2nd
Podiums : 4
Best qualifying : 2nd

Jack Miller (Pramac Racing)

 Jack Miller (Pramac Racing)

16/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 45 (debut 2015)
Victories : 1
Podiums : 1
Best qualifying : 5th

Karel Abraham (Aspar MotoGP Team)

 Karel Abraham (Aspar MotoGP Team)

17/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 81 (Debut 2011)
Best result : 7th
Best qualifying : 2nd

Álvaro Bautista (Aspar Racing Team)

 Álvaro Bautista (Aspar Racing Team)

18/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 136 (Debut 2010)
Best result : 3rd
Podiums : 3
Pole positions : 1

Cal Crutchlow (Team LCR Honda)

 Cal Crutchlow (Team LCR Honda)

19/24

MotoGP career:
Starts : 119 (Debut 2011)
Victories : 2
Podiums : 13
Pole positions : 3

Takaaki Nakagami (Team LCR Honda)

 Takaaki Nakagami (Team LCR Honda)

20/24

Rookie

Xavier Siméon (Avintia Racing)

 Xavier Siméon (Avintia Racing)

21/24

Rookie

Tito Rabat (Avintia Racing)

 Tito Rabat (Avintia Racing)

22/24

MotoGP career :
Starts : 30 (debut 2016)
Best result : 9th
Best qualifying : 10th

Thomas Lüthi (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)

 Thomas Lüthi (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)

23/24

Rookie

Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)

 Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)

24/24

Rookie