World Superbikes will return to Asia next season

“Having international bike and car championships in Indonesia will lift the name of Indonesia worldwide. Also, if Indonesia holds those events successfully, it will be easier to hold F1 and MotoGP in this country,” added Tinton.

The date for the Indonesian Superbike round will be decided shortly. Possible dates under consideration are at the start of the championship together with Australia, or the final round of the season.

Paolo Flammini, CEO of Infront Motor Sports, added: “The arrival of the Indonesian round in the Superbike World Championship calendar confirms the growing interest in our series and undoubtedly helps to complete a championship that touches all the world's motorcycle markets and which continues to offer increasingly significant opportunities for the motorcycle industry, sponsors and media”.

Sentul last hosted a WSBK event from 1994 to 1997. Rounds in Malaysia and Japan also featured on the WSBK calendar during the 1990s.

However, an Asian event has been absent from the schedule ever since the 2003 round in Sugo, Japan - the Japanese manufacturers having subsequently withdrawn 'official' support for the series over the 2004 technical rules.

Sentul had been provisionally named on the 2008 WSBK calendar, but didn't make the final cut, while rumours of a deal with Sepang in Malaysia have run off-and-on in recent years.

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Javanese - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 1:53 AM

No wonder, there are Ducati's showrooms already spread in Indonesia big cities. Also Benelli and Piaggio. Indonesia becomes interesting market for motorcycle manufacturers. So it's the reason behind the held of wsbk (and motogp) in the country, in years to come. CMIIW


February 21, 2012 6:01 PM

Well Done Indonesia! I would like o see Laguna back on the calendar too but as long as MotoGP is there... it won't happen! I know WSB is trying to get back into Asia but hopefully a round in South America will be soon either at Buenos Aires Circuit in Argentina or the Rio circuit in Brazil of Interlargos! I would like to see thme go back to A1 (Red Bull) Ring i know it's in Austria but i think it's one of the best tracks in the world with amazing scenery!

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