The final piece of the puzzle has been placed as far as the 2018 MotoGP grid goes. Avintia Ducati has announced Xavier Simeon as their second rider, partnering Tito Rabat. Which means that the final open slot for the 2018 grid has, at long last, been filled.
The order at the head of the pack will remain unchanged as far as the 2018 grid goes
The Belgian rider has signed a two-year deal with the team. He has one Moto2 win to his name, of 124 starts. With a best finishing position of seventh in the championship.
This is what the 2018 MotoGP grid looks like:
Yamaha: Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi
Tech3 Yamaha: Johann Zarco, Jonas Folger
Honda: Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa
LCR Honda: Cal Crutchlow, Takaaki Nakagami
Marc VDS Honda: Franco Morbidelli, Tom Luthi
Ducati: Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo
Pramac Ducati: Danilo Petrucci, Jack Miller
Aspar Ducati: Alvaro Bautista, Karel Abraham
Avintia Ducati: Tito Rabat, Xavier Simeon
Aprilia: Aleix Espargaro, Scott Redding
Suzuki: Andrea Iannone, Alex Rins
KTM: Pol Espargaro, Bradley Smith