World Superbike to Indonesia in 2013
Following a 15-year hiatus, the World Super Championship will return to Indonesia beginning in 2013.
This news arrived after Maurizio Flammini, President of Infront Motor Sports, signed a five-year contract in the presence of Minister Dr. H.R. Agung Laksono, who coordinates the work of five different ministries that include the Ministry of Sport, and other leading figures in Indonesia.
The track that will host the World Superbike Championship is the Sentul Circuit, which "has its own particular fascination, both due to its natural environment in the middle of a tropical forest, and due to its technical and design features."
There is no date set for the Indonesian round of World SBK, but Infront reports it’ll be either in the beginning near the Phillip Island round, or the final round. This will be the second consecutive new country on the WSBK calendar following Russia’s entrance into the series this season.
Maurizio Flammini says: "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."
On track that’s considThe Sentul Circuit has its own particular fascination, both due to its natural environment in the middle of a tropical forest, and due to its technical and design features.
Indonesia also makes up an extraordinary market for bikes, with a total of 7,400,000 units sold in 2010 and an estimated 10% increase for 2011, a figure that will shortly be available. In addition the Government also provides subsidies for fuel used for circulation on two wheels.
Paolo Flammini (CEO of Infront Motor Sports) says: "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."