Best photos: 2018 season

A selection of the most spectacular shots captured throughout the stunning 2018 campaign

#Level7: Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) lifts his Champion-liveried helmet to the sky as he celebrates becoming a seven-time World Champion after his victory at the Japanese Grand Prix. 

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Motul Grand Prix of Japan

An inaugural win: after coming out on top in a last lap epic with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Marquez unleashes his emotions in Parc Ferme after claiming the first ever MotoGP™ victory in Thailand.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, PTT Thailand Grand Prix

Sensational Syahrin in Sepang: home hero Hafizh Syahrin kneels in front of the jubilant Malaysian fans after coming from the back of the grid to score a top ten finish.

Hafizh Syahrin, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

“TAXI”: Alex Rins signals for a ride back to the box after his Suzuki machine broke down in Australia – home favourite Jack Miller was the man to the rescue.

Alex Rins, Team Suzuki Ecstar, Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Buriram, sweat and tears: Valentino Rossi returns to the box after putting everything into the Thai GP.

Valentino Rossi, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, PTT Thailand Grand Prix

Highside, low point: polesitter Jorge Lorenzo crashes out of the Aragon GP at Turn 1. 

Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team, Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón

Hammer to fall: Lorenzo's second strike came quickly at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. 

Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team, Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

Don’t look back in anger: Jack Miller turns to see the unusual starting grid in Argentina - as Marquez attempts to re-start his stalled Honda machine.  

MotoGP, Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina

Goodbye ‘Little Samurai’: an emotional Dani Pedrosa announces his retirement from MotoGP™ racing.

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

Another clash of the titans: Marquez and Rossi collide at the penultimate corner in Argentina, which resulted in the number 46 rider crashing.

Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina @PhotoMilagro

Battle of the ages: Marquez clings on amidst the ferocious battle at Assen – a race the Spaniard would go on to win.  

MotoGP, Motul TT Assen

The first hammer blow: Lorenzo celebrates his first Ducati win, while the Mugello fans paint the scenery yellow for their hero Rossi.

Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team, Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley

Now you see me: Lorenzo vs Marquez was reignited in 2018 and the Red Bull Ring in Austria staged a Spanish thriller – the duo will be teammates in 2019…

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team, eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich

Tricolour triumph: Andrea Dovizioso is immersed in the Italian flag after claiming Ducati’s first victory in Misano since 2007. 

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team, Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini