Mandalika hosts its first-ever MotoGP actions in tricky testing
Lombok. The brand new Mandalika International Circuit became the venue for MotoGP action for the very first time over the weekend as riders had their last chance to test new updates and components on their bikes ahead of the race. opening in Qatar next month.
Conditions were difficult just after the riders and teams visited the paddock on Friday morning, as overnight rain brought dirt and stones onto the track.
The test was red flagged to assess conditions and allowed organizers to clear the track. It resumed after MotoGP bosses asked every rider to do at least 30 full laps to “help clean up” the track despite objections from some.
The three-day test concluded successfully despite reports that several runners were hit by gravel while following others, allegedly because the asphalt disappeared in some places.
Repsol Honda’s Pol Espargaro finished the entire session in the lead on Sunday with a fastest lap of 1:31.060 on the 4.3-kilometre circuit, with world champion Fabio Quartararo just 0.014 seconds off second place.
Johann Zarco recorded the highest top speed of over 314 kilometers per hour on the Mandalika straight on his Ducati machine.
The 24 riders will all return to Mandalika on March 18 for the country’s first MotoGP race since 1997.