Tickets for the World Superbike Championship race in Lombok are prohibitive for locals
While part of their island has been turned into a world-class racing circuit, local residents of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) are unlikely to be among the participants when the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) burns rubber. on the track for his debut later this month.
The 13th round of the WSBK is scheduled to take place November 19-21 at the Mandalika International Street Circuit. Tickets for the international event are already available online, with prices ranging from IDR 795,000 to IDR 19.5 million.
As reported by Kompas, locals recently visited the circuit to get an overview of ongoing developments. Some were seen taking photos near the circuit fences.
But that’s about as close to the track as many of them would. Herlan, a resident of East Lombok, said the tickets for the race were too expensive for him, but he is willing to shell out the sum because he enjoys motorcycle racing.
“The cheapest is IDR 795,000, it’s expensive for me, but because it’s my hobby, when can I watch it live on my own island?” said Herlan.
Meanwhile, a West Lombok resident named Juned said he would prefer to watch the competition on TV.
“It is better to buy rice rather than such expensive tickets, a rice of such a value can last a month, and in addition one can watch [the competition] on television, ”he said.
“I hope that in the future the ticket prices will not be so expensive, maybe around IDR 200,000 or IDR 300,000, would be more affordable for local residents.”
Others, like Sartika from Central Lombok, said a photo at the circuit was enough for now.
“I’m just taking pictures here, we won’t watch [live] when the race starts, because tickets are expensive, ”said Sartika.
The government hopes the 4.3-kilometer tour will bring large numbers of tourists to Indonesia, especially Lombok. Before the pandemic, organizers predicted that Mandalika would host around 100,000 people in one grand prize.
1 USD = 14,337 IDR