Kuta Mandalika is hosting 2021 MotoGP : MotoGP event at Buriram Circuit, Thailand on Sunday (6/10) yesterday made Indonesian motor racing fans enthusiastic. How not, in two years, Indonesia will also host the world’s most prestigious motor racing. Before Thailand, Malaysia had already hosted MotoGP at the Sepang Circuit. Indonesia received a contract as the host of MotoGP with a duration of five years starting in 2021. The Promoter’s Agreement was agreed by PT Indonesia Tourism Development or Indonesia Tourism Development Cooperation (ITDC) and Dorna as the organizer of MotoGP on January 28, 2019.
The preparation of Indonesia as the host of MotoGP was accelerated. In May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) surveyed the location of the circuit located in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone (KEK), Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
Jokowi Said: “We want the facilities related to MotoGP 2021 to be worked on immediately. The airport has already been determined, so we expect construction to be the slowest in January 2020,” he said, quoted by Antara on Friday (5/17).
ITDC Managing Director Abdulbar M Mansoer stated, the Mandalika Circuit will later conceptualize the street circuit. That is, this circuit can function as a public road when not used for racing. These street circuits are similar to those used at Formula1 racing in Singapore and Monaco. Abdulbar said the process of topographic measurements and land investigations for the construction of the 2021 MotoGP Street Circuit Mandalika had been completed. The next process is land clearing and fencing around the circuit area. While the construction process will begin in the near future.
Abdurrahman Said: “We are sure that the construction of the Mandalika Street Circuit is currently proceeding according to plan, which is to start construction in October 2019,”.
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In the process of homologation of the Mandalika Circuit design, Dorna has also agreed on the circuit design center line. That is, the points of the coordinates, length, and curve of the track with each other have been approved. The three-dimensional design of the Mandalika Circuit has also been uploaded by the official @MotoGP account on Instagram. Based on the center line agreement, ITDC together with the Mandalika Circuit development partners, namely Mrk1 Consulting and Vinci Construction Grands Projects as investors then prepared homologation documents to be submitted to the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).
Furthermore, homologation documents that have been approved by FIM will be the basis for the preparation of Detailed Engineering Design (DED) or work drawings that include technical, architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and environmental planning before starting the construction stage.
“Since the Kuta Mandalika Street Circuit was agreed to be the venue for the MotoGP in Indonesia, we have followed every planning process, especially the circuit homologation carefully and in accordance with the provisions, to ensure the circuit can be used from 2021 with safety levels according to FIM and Dorna standards,” Abdulbar said.
According to Abdulbar, FIM will also hold circuit inspections during the design homologation process, also when the circuit is completed. While the circuit trials by racers will be determined by Dorna, according to the time available before the race. He said the official schedule of the Mandalika MotoGP race for the 2021 season will be announced in August 2020. ITDC targets to be able to conduct a circuit feasibility test at the end of 2020.
In addition to hosting MotoGP racing, Mandalika also won a contract to hold the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK). “The holding of the MotoGP and WSBK events is believed to provide a strong positioning for Mandalika as one of the leading sports tourism destinations in Indonesia,” he said. Abdulbar explained the development of tourism in Kuta Mandalika will have a positive impact on the region. Among them, the creation of direct employment for around 7,500 people and an additional local investment of US $ 150 million. In addition, this project is also targeted to increase the number of foreign tourist visits to Indonesia to reach 300 thousand people per year.
This article has been published on Katadata.co.id on Indonesian Language with the title : “Sirkuit Mandalika di Lombok dan Persiapan MotoGP Indonesia 2021.