Mandalika Circuit completes resurfacing ahead of MotoGP race
Jakarta. The Mandalika International Circuit in Lombok completed resurfacing work on Wednesday, less than two weeks before its inaugural MotoGP race.
The repair was needed after riders complained that asphalt had disappeared in some areas of the 4.3-kilometre circuit during pre-season testing last month. International motorcycle racing governing body FIM and MotoGP commercial rights holder Dorna have ordered circuit management to resolve the issue.
Since resurfacing work began four days ago, workers have provided new layers from the penultimate corner to Turn 6, as requested by the FIM and Dorna, circuit operator Mandalika Grand Prix Association said. (MGPA) in a statement.
The MotoGP riders will return to the circuit on March 18 for their first free practice of the Indonesian round.
“There is still enough time for the new asphalt layer to cool down and for us to clean up the dirt and oil spills on the surface,” said MGPA director Priandhi Satria.
Earlier today, three cargo planes carrying MotoGP logistics arrived at Lombok International Airport from Qatar. Cargo deliveries will continue until Friday.
Huge crates of MotoGP bikes and gear were trucked to Mandalika under heavy police security escort.
The last time Indonesia hosted a MotoGP race was in 1997 at the Sentul circuit in the suburbs of Jakarta.
The world-class Mandalika circuit was only completed last year and successfully hosted the final round of the 2021 World Superbike in November.
President Joko Widodo has made MotoGP racing a key focus of his second-term national programs and he himself chose the resort island of Lombok as the venue for the circuit.