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Dorna confirms Indonesia to host MotoGP, Superbike in 2021

  • Niken Prathivi
    Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 25, 2019   /   11:07 am
Dorna confirms Indonesia to host MotoGP, Superbike in 2021 MotoGP logo (motogp.com/motogp.com)

Dorna Group, the exclusive commercial and TV rights holder for the prestigious MotoGP motorcycling championship, has confirmed a partnership with the Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) on hosting the FIM MotoGP World Championship and MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship races in 2021.

The races are to be held on a new circuit, which is located in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. The ITDC has set up a US$1 billion deal with France’s Vinci Construction Grands Projets to build the circuit complex, which could take 15 years.

“What a unique project this will be, having an urban, world class circuit in a country where MotoGP has such a huge following,” said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta in a statement released by MotoGP.

“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, including Lombok in the WorldSBK [Superbike] calendar makes this offer more attractive for local fans having two world class events in the area during the year,” he added.

Read also: Indonesia to host 2021 MotoGP race in Lombok

The agreement was signed by Ezpeleta of Dorna and ITDC CEO Abdulbar M. Mansoer at Dorna’s office in Madrid, Spain on Jan. 28. Indonesia's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Spain Hermono was in the audience to witness the signing.