Speaking during a Yamaha PR visit to Bali, Valentino Rossi emphasised the importance of Indonesia returning to the MotoGP calendar.

The Italian superstar raced in Indonesia at the start of his grand prix career, in 1996 and 1997, but the country has been absent from the world championship ever since.

But Indonesia could return in 2017; Dorna offering a place on next year's calendar providing the necessary upgrades are made to the Sentul circuit.

"This is definitely a place MotoGP should come to in the future, as a special thanks to all the fans who followed and watched MotoGP only on TV so far," Rossi said. "From a business point of view, Indonesia is a market that is pretty distant from the ones we are used to, in Europe.

"The sales volume makes Indonesia the leading market for Yamaha, so we have more than one reason to pay a tribute to our friends here by visiting them every time our schedule allows it."

This week's trip marked Rossi's second visit to Bali.

"It's my third time in Indonesia, the second time in Bali and coming here always delivers surprises and emotions," he said. "Not only Bali is a beautiful place, where I'd love to spend some time off, but I am always amazed by the welcome Indonesian fans are capable of.

"Already at the terminal, I met hundreds of people waiting for me and they escorted us on the way to the hotel. Last time I was here was in 2013 and the passion for MotoGP has definitely not decreased! Indeed it seems the number of fans doubles each year."

Rossi will stay in Indonesia for a few more days before heading to Sepang in Malaysia where the first official test of 2016 begins on Monday.

"Most of these fans will also come to Sepang, in one week, to attend the forthcoming MotoGP test. I look forward to seeing them in Malaysia and pay them back with a strong start to the official season," declared Rossi, who lost out on a tenth world title to team-mate Jorge Lorenzo at the final round of last season.



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