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MotoGP operator soothes concerns over impact of natural disaster on Mandalika

  • Ramadani Saputra
    Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 25, 2019   /  07:51 pm
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Speed up: Ongoing construction of the Mandalika Moto GP circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, as seen in early this year. The circuit is expected to be up and ready in 2021. (The Jakarta Post/Tribunnews)

The fact that Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) is prone to earthquakes has not discouraged MotoGP operator Dorna Sports from bringing the prestigious world motorcycle race back to Indonesia after a more than 20-year hiatus. Indonesia last hosted the MotoGP in 1997 in the Sentul International Circuit, Bogor, West Java. Dorna sporting director Carlos Ezpelata said the company was aware that Lombok was prone to natural disasters, but he assured that Dorna’s experience in managing races in other disaster-prone areas like Japan had prepared it for any scenario.  “We know that there was an earthquake in Lombok and the circuit was not affected. It’s something that we also had in Japan. We had to move one of our races some years ago,” he told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Saturday. “Of course, we hope nothing will happen, but it is what it...