Factory Yamaha star Jorge Lorenzo became the first MotoGP rider to lap India's Buddh International Circuit during a PR appearance on Wednesday.
However the 2010 world champion wasn't at the controls of his usual M1 prototype, instead the Spaniard steered a Yamaha R15 around the same circuit that hosted the inaugural Indian F1 Grand Prix last year.
Lorenzo believes the modern facility is fully capable of hosting MotoGP in the near future.
“It's been great to visit the Buddh circuit today,” said Lorenzo, “the track is very modern and wide. I think it is quite prepared and ready to be on the calendar. I believe it will be exciting to ride with many overtaking opportunities.
“The Indian people I have met have been very kind and gentle, I would like to see more of India in the future with more time; we didn't get to see so much in just two days here. Now I'm very excited to go to Jakarta to see all my Indonesian fans there.”
Lorenzo will fly to Indonesia to be joined by team-mate Ben Spies for two days of PR activities on the 14th and 15th January.
The Spaniard, who missed the tail-end of the 2011 season due to a nasty finger injury, will complete his first MotoGP laps since October's Phillip Island fall when 2012 testing begins in Malaysia on January 31st.