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MotoGP 2017: Indonesia, Finland or both?

In theory, both Indonesia and Finland could join the MotoGP calendar in 2017.
When F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone feels circuit or country 'A' is dithering during contract negotiations, he appears to deploy a useful tactic.

It involves talking up, or leaking, rumours of circuit or country 'B' joining the calendar.

Having been gently reminded that they are not the only gig in town, and fearing their place might go to someone else, circuit or country 'A' steps up a gear and closes the deal.

We're not saying that's what happening in the case of reports that Finland may join the MotoGP calendar in 2017, but it does seem that momentum behind the proposed return of Indonesia is in danger of stalling.

Indonesia is a key market for MotoGP and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta has indicated that the country will be granted a grand prix from 2017 to 2021 if the necessary upgrades are made at the Sentul circuit.

But funding is yet to be secured to cover the circuit and infrastructure upgrades, plus the annual fee to host the MotoGP event, which Detiksport reports as 7 million euros for 2017, 8 million for 2018, and 8.4 million for 2019.

The Indonesian government was expected to foot much of the bill, but faces apparent complications regarding the use of state money for the privately managed circuit.

The correct 'business model' is still being sought and Dorna is reported to have set a deadline of January 31 for the issues to be solved.

Austria is returning to the MotoGP calendar this season with Thailand, as well as Finland and Indonesia, in the frame for a future event.

However MotoGP's 2017-2021 contract with the manufacturers and independent teams states a maximum of 20 races, compared with the current 18 rounds.

That means two new races could be added next season without the need to cull an existing event.


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