Indonesian Round Of MotoGP Draws Closer: 2021 Target Date For First Race

The chances of Indonesia finally hosting a round of MotoGP have grown over the past few days. On Wednesday, CNN Indonesia reported that a deal has been agreed with Dorna to host MotoGP in the country for three years, starting in 2021. MotoMatters.com has learned that an announcement of the deal could come within the next few days. 

Abdulbar M. Mansoer, Managing Director of Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), told CNN Indonesia that they have signed a deal with Dorna to host MotoGP. The deal will see races held on a circuit based on the streets around a private tourist resort of Mandalika Beach, part of the Mandalika Resort Area currently being developed by the ITDC on the island of Lombok. 

The deal has been on the cards for some time, and received a boost last year when Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta visited Bali and met with senior figures in the ITDC before the Sepang round of MotoGP. Initially, it had been hoped that a circuit would be ready for 2020, but the earthquake which devastated the north of Lombok last year put the project back. The objective is now to host a race in 2021.

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2019 Philip Island World Supersport FP2 Results: Cluzel And Caricasulo Quickest

Jules Cluzel headed a trio of Yamahas at the top, ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher. Lucas Mahias was third quickest on the Kawasaki, leading a pair of MV Agustas in the form of Raffaele De Rosa and Federico Fuligni.

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2019 Philip Island World Superbike FP2 Results: Bautista Ends Day On Top

Alvaro Bautista ended the day on top, four hundredths of a second ahead of Jonathan Rea. Taking both sessions into account, with a third Free Practice deciding Superpole tomorrow, there were thirteen riders within a second of Bautista's quickest time.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 92: Reviewing The Sepang MotoGP Test - Winners And Losers

It's been a busy week at Chateau Paddock Pass Podcast, with two shows in a week. After previewing the 2019 WorldSBK season, Neil Morrison traveled to Jerez to cover the Moto2 test at the track, where he joined David Emmett to talk about the MotoGP test at Sepang.

There was plenty to talk about, as the Sepang test had a raft of fascinating narratives. Neil and David go through each factory, and evaluate what they were testing and how it turned out. We discuss how much effect the fact that Honda had to test with the walking wounded had, and whether the Honda RC213V is more competitive than the timesheet shows.

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2019 Philip Island World Supersport FP1 Results: Krummenacher Dominates Red Flagged Session

After holding the fastest time for most of the session, Randy Krummenacher was deposed by Federico Caricasulo but at the session's end, he took back the top spot, almost four tenths quicker than his rivals. Thomas Gradinger split Krummenacher and Caricasulo in the dying minutes and Raffaele De Rosa, the quickest non-Yamaha rider, was fourth quickest ahead of the French pairing of Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias, Mahias having switched to Kawasaki for 2019.

A red flag in the middle of the session caused a delay, but it didn't affect the results.

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2019 Philip Island World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea Leads Bautista

As the 2019 motorcycle racing season starts, four time world champion Jonathan Rea ended the first World Superbike qualifying session on top on his Kawasaki ZX-10RR, ahead of class rookie Alvaro Bautista on the brand new Ducati Panigale V4. Leon Haslam, Rea's teammate this year, was third quickest with Rea's former teammate Tom Sykes joining the BMW team in fourth place. Sandro Cortese, reigning World Supersport champion, was fifth quickest on the GRT Yamaha R1.

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2019 Jerez Moto2 Test Day 2 Times: Alex Marquez Beats Brad Binder As Wind Plays A Role

Stiff winds hindered the Moto2 riders on the second day of testing at the Jerez test, though the heavier, more powerful bikes were not quite as susceptible to the conditions as the Moto3 bikes were. Alex Marquez finished the day as fastest, just shy of Luca Marini's best time from Wednesday, the Marc VDS rider finishing just under a tenth quicker than Brad Binder on the factory KTM.

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