A Hint Of The Future: Repsol Honda Team Adds Indonesian Honda As Sponsor For 2011

The importance of Indonesia to MotoGP will come as no surprise to regular readers of MotoMatters.com. Indonesia retains a huge fan base for motorcycle racing's premier class, as witnessed by the fact that it is the country with the highest number of searches for the term "MotoGP", according to Google Insight, with nearly 3 times as many as the country in second place, Italy, and nearly four times as many searches as Spain. 

Indonesia's importance as a market was underlined at the beginning of the year, when Yamaha Indonesia became sponsors of the factory Fiat Yamaha team. Its importance has been further emphasized by the announcement that Astra Honda, the Indonesian subsidiary of the Japanese motorcycling giant, is to sponsor the Repsol Honda squad for the final MotoGP round at Valencia, and also for the whole of the 2011 season. Astra Honda's slogan "One Heart" or "Satu Hati" in Indonesian, is to feature prominently on the leathers and on the lower fairing of the Repsol Honda RC212V MotoGP machines.

No figures were revealed for the size of the sponsorship deal, but a quick glance at the size of the Indonesian market provides an understanding of what is at stake. The country's nearly 238 million inhabitants purchase a total of between 6 and 7 million motorcycles every year, mostly small capacity scooters. To put that into perspective, that's nearly 10 times the size of the US motorcycle market. Astra Honda alone sells 3.3 million units in Indonesia, and even with the slim margins that are available in the Indonesian market, it is clear that the stakes in Indonesia are staggeringly high.

The nearest MotoGP race to Indonesia remains the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, just outside Kuala Lumpur, and a return to Indonesia is unlikely until a suitable circuit can be found. But with such a huge potential market, a return to Indonesia seems inevitable in the near future.

The official Honda press release is shown below:


NEW SPONSOR REVEALED FOR REPSOL HONDA TEAM AT VALENCIA

The Repsol Honda Team today unveiled the new logos that will feature on the side of the factory RC212Vs and also on the riders' leathers at Valencia and in 2011. The "One Heart" logo features prominently on the race suits of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, and also on the lower fairing of the factory Honda race machines.

"One Heart" is the slogan of Astra Honda, Honda's subsidiary operating company in Indonesia, where Honda is the market leader and produces 3.3 million motorcycles per year. In Indonesian, One Heart translates to "Satu Hati", which is also displayed on the machines and the riders' uniforms. The motto reflects the dreams, passion, and the lifestyle shared by Honda and its young and vibrant customers in Indonesia.

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I only knew that Indonesia has the best underbone racers in Southeast Asia, but I never knew the sales of these underbone in Indonesia reap such a big market! Of the big 4, probably Kawasaki is the least interested in underbone.

Satu Hati!

Total votes: 187

If MotoGP doesn't get into the act of a new class of underbone racing, Superbike should. Carbon fiber frames, FI air cooled singles and as well subscribed as the old Macau scooter race.

Total votes: 162

We have many boat loads of asylum seekers eminating form that area that have come into the news over time. My favourite was the one with the number 46 painted on it and it was done up in the Fiat Yamaha livery. Probably made it go faster. Apparently the skipper has recently defected to another boat crew though. (Note: this is definitely not a political statement of any sort .... I just liked the paint work ok!)

It would be great to get another Moto GP event in this region to coincide with PI and Sepang. Heaven on a stick for a few weeks.

Total votes: 151

..."MotoGP"?

Perhaps the 3 million searches in Indonesia indicate they haven't found what they're searching for, while the Italians and Spanish already have... ;-)

Total votes: 157

I agree. I look up MotoGP stuff often but don't ever type it into a search. I use google as my homepage but I have a favorites bar with all my sites saved.

Total votes: 169

I couldn't tell you the last time I searched for MotoGP, as I know exactly where to go. Perhaps there aren't many Indonesian language (whatever it may be) MotoGP sites, hence the searching.

Total votes: 174

it simply is an emerging market and that is a dream for any marketer. time to key into it and make the most out of bike sells and so. honda have realised that and soon some others might follow

Total votes: 184

Yamaha first started using the "Semakin di Depan" which is the slogan for the Indonesian Yamaha importer. Indonesia needs a GP stop.

Total votes: 159