Indonesia's Sentul circuit will return to the World Superbike calendar in 2013 as part of a five-year deal agreed to bring the series back to Asia for the first time since the 1990s.
Infront Motor Sports, rights holders for World Superbikes, confirmed the news on Tuesday, with Sentul hosting a round of the championship for the first time in 15 years next season.
Maurizio Flammini, president of Infront Motor Sports, said: “We are proud of the growth of the Superbike calendar which, thanks to the inclusion of the latest rounds, is obtaining a presence in countries of major importance for the development of our championship on a sporting and commercial level.
“After Russia, where Superbike has now arrived before any other world motorsport championship, thanks to more than two years of intense work in the Asian area we have now been able to insert Indonesia, which has in the past already played host to a race of considerable success and appeal in the calendar.
“Indonesia today is a country with the largest growth factors: GDP is more than one trillion dollars, with a 2011 growth of more than 6%, and the sale of bikes widely exceeds 7 million units per year. The Superbike race will therefore be a great opportunity for the motorcycle manufacturers present in our championship.
“We are also negotiating with the Buddh International Circuit in India, where the Formula 1 race was recently held, in order to complete a presence in Asia that in this case will be absolutely extraordinary”.
Prior to the official confirmation, Tinton Soeprapto, director of PT Sarana Sirkuitindo Utama - which manages the Sentul International Circuit – said agreement was also announced to host a round of the Superstars Car Racing Championship, also organised by the Flammini brothers/FG Sport, from 2012-2014.
“The contract value of one Superstars series [event] is around 3 million to 4 million euro/year or 35,65 billion rupiahs to 47,53 billion rupiahs/year. The Superbike contract is also around that value,” Tinton told Kompas.com, adding that the money was coming from private sponsors and not the government.”
Sentul aims to use the WSBK and Superstars events as a springboard to hosting future grand prix rounds. The circuit is currently being re-surfaced to reach 'international standard'.