Video: Repsol Honda Unveils New MotoGP RC213V In Indonesia

World Champions Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa celebrate with fans ahead of this week's test at Phillip Island in Australia.

Indonesia does not currently host a stop on the 18-race MotoGP schedule, but the country comprising 17,000 islands and boasting a population of more than 250 million people is nevertheless important to Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

Case in point: Prior to this week's MotoGP test at Phillip Island in Australia, the Repsol Honda team stopped in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, to present the RC213V that riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will campaign this season. The unveiling was held at the Sentul International Circuit.

Repsol Honda Team Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez

Repsol Honda teammates Dani Pedrosa (left) and Marc Marquez: "We are facing many changes," Pedrosa said. "I’m happy we are testing at three different circuits in such different weather and track conditions. I think it will be very useful to help us to better understand the new engine, electronics, and tires."

In fact, this is the second consecutive year that the factory Honda team has held its official launch in Indonesia. “It never ceases to amaze me how much people unconditionally love and support MotoGP here in Indonesia,” Marquez said.

Sport and Youth Minister of Indonesia Imam Nahrawi confirmed Indonesia’s desire to hold a MotoGP race.

“This country is very important for Honda and Repsol, and we are very happy to be here this weekend,” HRC Executive VP Shuhei Nakamoto said. “We are also glad to hear their intention to hold a GP here. Indonesian fans deserve to see live their MotoGP heroes in action.”

Honda RC213V studio rear 3/4 view

"We made a few steps in the right direction over the three days at Sepang," Marc Marquez said, "but we need to make some more at Phillip Island. I’m confident the HRC engineers and my team will come up with more improvements as we get used to the new software."

Story courtesy of MotoAmerica.com.