Inaugural Indonesian MotoGP postponed until 2022 – sports
News Desk (Agence France-Presse)
Paris, France ●
Sat April 10, 2021
The first Indonesian MotoGP has been postponed for a year and will not take place until March 2022, championship promoter Dorna announced on Friday.
MotoGP has signed a three-year deal to host a race in Indonesia in 2019, with the inaugural event on the specially constructed street track on Lombok Island which is still under construction, initially scheduled for this year.
“Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all parties involved have agreed to hold the first MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix on the track in the first part of the 2022 season, in principle in March,” said Dorna in a press release.
MotoGP organizers visited the site on Wednesday to check on progress on the circuit.
“The visit to Lombok was very successful and we can confirm that the Mandalika International Street Circuit will be one of the most important venues on the calendar in the future,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna.
“Indonesia is a key market for Dorna, and for all stakeholders in the championship.”
The new track, whose layout will be used in part by the inhabitants of the island in the absence of organized events, could however host a test event at the end of the year “if MotoGP is able to organize events in Southeast Asia. towards the end of 2021 “.
The owners of the circuit hope to organize a World Superbike Championship on November 14 at this tourist resort, made up of beaches and other large hotels, which was badly shaken by an earthquake in 2018.
Indonesia hopes to follow the path taken by Malaysia and Thailand, which arrived on the MotoGP world circuit in 2018, by creating a strong domestic market in motorsport.