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MotoGP reiterates Indonesia 2017 chance

Indonesia has the chance of a place in the 2017 MotoGP calendar
Prior to this weekend's Malaysian MotoGP, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta visited Jakarta to speak with local authorities about Indonesia's inclusion in the 2017 MotoGP calendar.

In May, Ezpeleta indicated that Indonesia will be granted a grand prix from 2017 to 2021 if the necessary infrastructure requirements are met at the Sentul circuit.

During the latest meeting, Ezpeleta spoke with the Indonesian Minister of Youth & Sports and Tinton Soeprapto, CEO of the Sentul International Circuit, as well as various representatives from the government and circuit to continue with the negotiations.

The next steps towards the organisation of an Indonesian GP at the Sentul International Circuit include renovation works, the FIM homologation process and finally the official inclusion in the 2017 calendar.

Indonesia is a key emerging market for MotoGP, both in terms of fan interest and status as one of the biggest motorcycle markets in the world.

The last Indonesian Grand Prix took place at Sentul in 1997, with Malaysia currently the only MotoGP round in South East Asia. Thailand is also tipped to join the MotoGP calendar in the near future after a successful WSBK debut for the new Chang International Circuit.




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ducoolden

October 24, 2015 8:21 AM

andrew2k: When you take into consideration Indonesia's current economic problems and the lack of viable infrastructure (the sentul track needs major upgrades) I highly doubt the country is in any position to host a racue. If anything Dorna should be looking to markets such as Mexico or Canada as they have great potential for MotoGP's growth.
What economic problems? Indonesia is one of the countries in the world with 5%+ annual economic growth in the past few years. I agree that the track needs major upgrade, I think they can sort it out. How is Mexico and Canada compared to Indonesia/Thailand/Vietnam for MotoGP growth? In Canada, you can only ride 3 months in a year without wearing layers of linen - how are you gonna see it is growing? I would look at the stats from Honda and Yamaha with their staggering sales figures in Southeast asia regions...Those are markets you want to tap into. I would not be surprised to see 100K fans in the race day when Indone

Hana

October 24, 2015 4:37 AM

Im from indonesia, i really hope it come true because right now its in the hand of the goverment. Because I think the passion for motogp is really huge here in Indonesia, but i dont know if this happen will malaysia be gone, or we have 4 back to back fly away races? Or the motogp will go 2 times to asia near qatar and if thailand also join?



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