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Marquez, Pedrosa take MotoGP to Indonesia

“It was great to ride in front of all the Indonesian fans and give them the opportunity to hear a MotoGP bike in the home circuit!" - Marc Marquez.
MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa visited Indonesia on their way to this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, where they made history by riding their RC213Vs at the Sentul circuit.

Before completing the country's first MotoGP laps, the Repsol Honda pair had been guests on a local TV show.

Marquez, who was also making his first visit to Indonesia, said: “It was great to ride in front of all the Indonesian fans and give them the opportunity to hear a MotoGP bike in the home circuit! We have many fans here in Indonesia and we really appreciate all their support. Hopefully we can come back again soon!”

Pedrosa added: “The passion here for MotoGP is really something else! We feel it through all the social media interactions we have but to witness it first hand and have the chance to ride our Honda here in Sentul was really something special! Thank you to all of you who came to see us!”

Indonesia is one of the most important motorcycle markets, underlined by branding on both the Factory Honda and Yamaha teams.

Marquez and Pedrosa will be back in MotoGP action during Friday practice at Sepang.

Tagged as: Honda , Dani Pedrosa , Marquez

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October 22, 2014 8:55 AM

Indonesia is a big market for motorcycles. 2013 sales volumes were 7,743,879 (total units), comprising 4,696,999 Honda, 2,492,596 Yamaha, 393,803 Suzuki, and 160,481 others. To put this in perspective, sales for the entire ASEAN region for 2013 were 11.09 million units. Indonesia represents about 70% of that market. (source AISI) No wonder Honda and Yamaha make a PR appearance there with their respective factory GP teams.


October 22, 2014 5:19 PM

@throttlemeister MotoGP fans can come from any types bike regardless their size. Personally if I go on track day or racing on a circuit, I would rather be watched by 4.5 million people who own 250cc or smaller bikes than tiny number of spectators with 400cc or bigger bikes. As for profit, I doubt Honda/Yamaha motorcycles makes more profit in western countries than developing countries like in Asia. I am not talking about profit/bike - but as a company.

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