Lorenzo: Bring MotoGP to India

Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has said that he would like to see a race in India added to the MotoGP schedule.

Lorenzo toured the Buddh International Circuit on Tuesday, and even got a few laps under his belt on a circuit that played host to Formula 1 between 2011 and 2013.

Speaking after his ride, the Spaniard said he was impressed by the circuit and the challenge it posed.

"I went on the limit, as fast as possible but had to slow down because it had rained so the track was wet. The bike (Yamaha R3) was obviously not as fast (as a MotoGP bike)," he said.

"It is an amazing young track. It has very different corners, the back straight is more than one km long so it can really test riders. It is a technical circuit and fun to ride on. Overall, a very good circuit."

Plans had been in the works for the circuit to play host to a round of the World Superbike Championship in 2013, but off-track problems meant this did not come to fruition.

However, Lorenzo believes that should MotoGP pay India a visit, it would be a tremendous success given the level of interest in motorcycling.

"I can only hope and wish that one day MotoGP comes to India. It is such a big country with a lot of people. I saw several people riding bikes on the streets. I am sure they would be interested in seeing the best bikers of the world racing in front of them and we would be glad to put up a show," said the three-time World Champion," said the 28-year-old.

"I am sure the people of India would love to see the World Championship coming here to see us fighting on this circuit. If the owners of the track and MotoGP can make a deal, then we can have a race here."

Lorenzo was in India to visit the Vincente Ferrer Foundation in Anantapur, a charity which was set up in 1969, and is dedicated to trying to help fight poverty in the country.