The Buddh International Circuit at Noida near Delhi shot into prominence last year for all the right reasons. The Formula1 GP was reasonably well organized and almost everyone expressed satisfaction with the organization while the drivers were quite generous in their praise of the qualities of the circuit. Earlier this year, Jorge Lorenzo came to India as a part of his promotional duties for Yamaha and rode the R15 on the Buddh International Circuit. Lin Jarvis the Yamaha boss has been vocal in saying that more rounds in Asia and specifically in India and Indonesia were required for marketing motorcycles and therefore has been saying that India should be a destination.
Now it has emerged that Carmelo Ezpeleta the boss of Dorna which controls MotoGP has said that the season of MotoGP is beginning a little too late every year because of Qatar being the opening round. He has also said that there are too many races in the Iberian peninsula and now looks certain that Estoril will disappear from the MotoGP calender with Valencia and Barcelona set to alternate while Jerez stays on. This means that there is an opening for India and Carmelo Ezpelata has apparently expressed his intention that the MotoGP season should start in India in March, because at that time the temperatures in Delhi are pleasant and from there the MotoGP circus can move to Qatar. Ezpeleta has not confirmed this but he has not denied this thinking either. The speculation therefore is that negotiations are underway with the BIC before any confirmations are given out. The chances of MotoGP in India from next year on look very bright indeed.
It may also be relevant to point that Maurizio Flammini of Infront Motorsport has also said that BIC and Sentul in Indonesia are on the top of the list of circuits where World Superbikes could go next year. If that happens India will get to see some top class world level motorsport action with F1 and GT racing already confirmed and now the two leading two wheeled series also coming into the picture. DTM racing is also considering a round in India, since the German big three Mercedes, BMW and Audi see the region as important for their growth and since all three manufacturers in the DTM field it would be relevant for them to have a round in India. We say bring them all on.