Indonesia To Host Both MotoGP And WorldSBK From 2021

Indonesia is to get a round of MotoGP and WorldSBK from 2021. Confirmation of the news came faster than we expected yesterday, as Dorna issued two press releases on Saturday, announcing that both World Championship series it manages will race at the new circuit to be built at Mandalika in Lombok.

That MotoGP would race there is not a surprise, but that WorldSBK would also visit had not been much talked about. But this follows the same pattern as the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, where WorldSBK was sent to the track first as a trial run, before MotoGP went to race there. The agreement announced by Dorna envisages both series going in the same year, starting in 2021.

The races are to be held at a circuit to be built inside a giant tourist resort on the south coast of the island of Lombok. The track will run on what are ostensibly the public roads inside the resort, but the roads will be laid out with a circuit in mind, making this nothing like traditional street circuits like Macau or the Isle of Man. Run off should not be an issue, and the rest of the circuit facilities are due to be built inside the resort. The Mandalika resort is a project of the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, which is looking to expand tourism to Lombok, as tourism on Bali is starting to approach its natural limits.

Where the Indonesian races would fit in the calendar is hard to say. The obvious spot for the WorldSBK round would be between Phillip Island and Thailand, but this might end up reducing the crowds for those events. A similar argument could be made for MotoGP, where the easy answer would be to schedule Indonesia in the middle of the flyaways. That would not be popular with either Thailand or Sepang, which have a lot of fans who travel from Indonesia. What's more, a lot of Australian fans travel to Sepang as well, and they may be tempted to go to Indonesia instead.

The addition of Indonesia is likely to see the schedules of both series reconfigured. Indonesia could end up near the start of the MotoGP season, and near the end of the WorldSBK season, as that would make more sense both in terms of weather and in terms of climate. The MotoGP schedule will have to change in 2020 when the Kymiring, the new circuit being built in Finland, joins the calendar.

The two press releases issued by Dorna appear below:


DORNA Sports SL and ITDC announce their partnership to bring the world’s most popular motorcycle racing events to the island of Lombok in Indonesia

Saturday, 23 February 2019

DORNA Group, the exclusive commercial and TV rights holder for the world’s leading motorcycle racing Championships, and ITDC, Indonesia’s largest integrated tourism developer and operator, jointly announce the signing of two separate Promoters’ Contracts namely for the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, more commonly referred to as the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship, as well as the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. The signing was conducted by Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of DORNA and Mr Abdulbar M. Mansoer, CEO of ITDC at DORNA’s office in Madrid, Spain on the 28th January 2019, in front of Senior Management team by both parties and witnessed by Indonesian's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Spain, Drs. Hermono M.A.

The agreement confirms that Indonesia will welcome MotoGP™ and the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in 2021 to the island of Lombok, more specifically within the Mandalika, which is a large-scale integrated tourism estate.

Dorna Group CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta commented, “What a unique project this will be, having an urban, world class circuit in a country where MotoGP has such a huge following. Indonesia is a key market for us with a considerable percentage of motorsport fans living here and the MotoGP atmosphere will be even stronger once the circuit is complete. Also, by including Lombok to the WorldSBK calendar makes this offer more attractive for local fans having two World Class events in the area during the year.”

CEO of ITDC, Mr. Abdulbar M. Mansoer also adds, “We are very excited to have partnered up with DORNA and are delighted to be able to bring world-class motorsport events to Indonesia and the Mandalika in Lombok together.”

Both parties will be making additional statements in due course.


Indonesia to host WorldSBK in 2021

Lombok prepares to welcome the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and MotoGP™

ITDC, Indonesia’s largest integrated tourism developer and operator, and Dorna Sports SL are delighted to announce that the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship will be racing in Indonesia in 2021.

The signing of the agreement was conducted by Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of DORNA and Mr Abdulbar M. Mansoer, CEO of ITDC at DORNA’s headquarter in Madrid, Spain on the 28th January 2019, in front of Senior Management team of both parties and witnessed by Indonesian's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Spain, Drs. Hermono M.A.

The agreement confirms that Indonesia will welcome the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and MotoGP™ in 2021 to the island of Lombok, more specifically within the Mandalika, which is a large-scale integrated Tourism Estate.

Delighted to welcome the most famous production-based motorcycle series and MotoGP™ in Indonesia, CEO of ITDC, Mr. Abdulbar M. Mansoer said: “We are very excited to have partnered up with DORNA and are delighted to be able to bring world-class motorsport events to Indonesia and the Mandalika in Lombok together.”

Dorna Sports SL CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta commented: “What a unique project this will be, having an urban, world class circuit in a country where MotoGP™ has such a huge following. Indonesia is a key market for us with a considerable percentage of motorsport fans living here and the MotoGP™ atmosphere will be even stronger once the circuit is complete. Also, by including Lombok to the WorldSBK calendar makes this offer more attractive for local fans having two World Class events in the area during the year.”


Source: 

Back to top

Comments

It is tilke I heard, what is with tilke ?

Total votes: 7

"once the circuit is complete" is of some concern.

There is an article & a photo on WSBK. Looks like a lot of road making completed already.

We'll see.

Not Herman Tilke, no !

Total votes: 11

Is What I thought too. We'll see.  I'm from lombok, I hope ther'll be no problem, but it is still too good to be true for now

Total votes: 8

For all the changes WSBK is undergoing, this daft vacation needs to go because any momentum built up just fizzles away, people forget there’s a championship! It might be better if the title race is closer this year but please, sort this out; a month, mmm maybe but any longer is surely detrimental to attracting interest. And yes, agreed NO TILKE!!!

Total votes: 8

Given that world grand prix motorcycle racing was, for all practical porpoises, born and raised in Europe, and given the entrenchment of the month-long summer holiday practice in Europe, MotoGP's not likely to ditch it.... 

Total votes: 8

I don’t know if you were responding to me but I was referring to the almost two month break in WSBK. MotoGP has got it’s month break back, it wasn’t there in recent years. Yes I agree with the beginnings of racing being in Europe but it’s been clear for a while that motorcylings’ emerging markets must be serviced, if only because many are now far more lucrative than Europe now is. In the future I really believe the month break will again fade away as they go for #20, #21 and on...

Total votes: 7