MotoGP superstar Valentino Rossi believes that is important for Indonesia to return to the MotoGP calendar.
In 1996 and 1997, Rossi raced in Indonesia but the country has not been part of the world championship since then.
There is hope of a return in 2017, since Dorna have said that if the necessary upgrades are made to the Sentul circuit then the possibility exists of a return to MotoGP.
Rossi, who is in Bali on a Yamaha PR visit, backs a return for Indonesia to the MotoGP calendar.
“This is definitely a place MotoGP should come to in the future, as a special thanks to all the fans that 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.”
Rossi will be in In for a couple of days before heading off to Sepang in Malaysia for Monday’s first official test.
“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,” Rossi added.