The Indonesian Motorcycle Association (IMI) expressed its support for the planned implementation of MotoGP in Mandalika, Lombok in 2021.
“The implementation of the MotoGP in Mandalika is very good for Indonesia as well as for the Indonesian Motorcycle Association. The success of this implementation will open opportunities for other international level competitions,” said Chairman of the Indonesian Motorcycle Association Sadikin Aksa after meeting with the directors of Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) , A State-Owned Enterprise that manages the Mandalika Special Economic Zone, in Jakarta, April 10, 2019.
He stated his readiness to become the regulator of the implementation of the MotoGP.
“We will immediately coordinate with the agency appointed to operate and handle this MotoGP organizer,” he said.
As an automotive organization, he said, the Indonesian Motorcycle Association is the Federation International de Motocyclisme (FIM) which will help organize MotoGP.
The main agenda of the meeting with ITDC was to coordinate the street homologation of the Mandalika circuit and the preparation of the implementation of MotoGP racing at Mandalika, including training and preparation of race marshalls and officials.
One of those who will be involved in preparing the race marshalls is the youth around the Mandalika area. This is in line with the input from the West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Government and Central Lombok District Government so that young Lombok people can be trained as marshal and official.
“Our current obligation is to deliver detailed circuit data as a security requirement which is indeed the main requirement,” he said.
ITDC President Director Abdulbar M. Mansoer as the State MIlik Company engaged in tourism development, including in Nusa Dua Bali and Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara, expressed optimism that it could complete all requirements for motorbike racing in May 2019.
He said the presence of the ITDC in the event was a provider of circuits and coordinated with the central and regional governments so that tourism could be boosted through the agenda.
“As we know that tourism in Lombok was affected by the disaster and tsunami, it is hoped that through this event the region can rise again, and even contribute to national tourism,” he said.
The construction of the MotoGP circuit, said Abdulbar, will be carried out by Vinci, as the construction implementer who has already bagged certification for international standard circuits.
“This circuit is not specifically for racing, when it is not used for racing, the circuit can be used as access / public roads in the Mandalika area,” he said.
It is projected that the implementation of MotoGP and management of its facilities will absorb thousands of workers, both temporarily during competitions and regular for the management of existing facilities.
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