Worth the Wait: Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit for 2022 MotoGP

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Mandalika MotoGP Circuit

Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit has attracted worldwide attention. Not only because it will be the first MotoGP street circuit in the world, but it is also equipped with technology adopted from some of the best circuits in the world. It is even said to be better than the Silverstone Circuit with Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA), known to be the best in the world, giving it an edge over even Malaysia’s Sepang Circuit and better than Silverstone Circuit England.

This circuit applies the same curb technology as used in Misano. According to the Construction Officer of Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA), Andika Putra, the curbs installed are wider to give a better vision for racers. This 2000-m length curb will easily “bring” back the racers to the track.

The application of this curb was supervised by FIM Safety Officer Franco Uncini, with Managing Director of Dorna Sports Carlos Ezpeleta, and Race Direction of Dorna Sports, Loris Capirossi, some time ago while checking the readiness of the circuit.

Although it feels rougher, this curb technology is considered safer for racers. In contrast to the old curb with less sensible vibrations, with this new curb design, drivers can feel more vibrations so they can get back on track immediately.

The type of asphalt used is a mixture of Shell Caliphalte for Racetrack, which is bitumen polymer asphalt and Stone Mastic Asphalt (SMA). According to Andika Putra, the asphalt mixture used at the Mandalika Circuit is slightly better than the Silverstone Circuit because there is no problem of drastic temperature drops like in England. Coupled with HICAP and FASERFIX Hauraton Drainage Solutions, which are international standards, the Mandalika Circuit is not easily slippery even when it rains.

Hauraton Drainage Technology

Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit also uses Geobrugg Concrete Barrier or impact-resistant concrete fence with safety certification from the FIA. These technology applications make the Mandalika Circuit the pride of the people of West Nusa Tenggara and all Indonesian people.

Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) Director of Engineering and Human Resources, Taufik Hidayat, explained that the current condition of the circuit is complete and ready for racing events. The closest event will be in November, namely the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup, the opening event at the Mandalika Circuit. This event will be held on November 12-14, followed by World Superbike, which will take place a week later, namely November 19-21, 2021.

Then Dorna officially announced that the MotoGP pre-season would be held on 11-13 February, while the Mandalika MotoGP series would be held on 18-20 March.

So Get ready to free your calendar!

(Credit: Lombok Post “Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, Bintang Baru MotoGP”)

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