Indonesia officially became one of the host of MotoGP starting in 2021. The Mandalika circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, became the first place prepared as a battlefield for Mark Marquez, Valentino Rossi and his rivals.
The Mandalika Circuit is planned for a MotoGP class circuit with the concept of a highway circuit that has a 4.32 km track with 18 bends. The construction will begin in October 2019 and is targeted for completion by the end of 2020
“The concept is a road circuit. But this is different from the highway circuit in Singapore,” said the Indonesian Minister of Tourism, Arief Yahya, on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Arief explained that one of the differences between Mandalika and Singapore lies in the development process. If in Singapore, the circuit uses the existing highway, Mandalika uses the opposite approach. From the start, Mandalika was designed as a circuit and highway at once.
So that Mandalika is expected to be a more mature circuit to host MotoGP. Likewise with an area of 1,200 hectares, many facilities can be built in the Mandalika Circuit area, because everything can be designed from the start.
To build the Mandalika Circuit, Minister Arief revealed that he had cooperated with French investors, Vinci Corporation. Initial investment is said to reach half a billion US dollars.
Arief also added that the Indonesian Government had also met with Dorna as the organizer of the MotoGP.
“They have met with the President and also confirmed that Indonesia will have a MotoGP starting in 2021,” Arief said.
The organizers began to promote MotoGP in Indonesia. The latest through uploading the official Instagram account, @motogp, has displayed the Mandalika Circuit design through 3-dimensional video.
Later, the track of the MotoGP circuit will have 18 bends with a track length of 4.31 kilometers. The location of the circuit which is on the beach and surrounded by hills will ensure the beauty of the circuit with a capacity of more than 13 thousand seats.