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Inaugural Indonesian MotoGP delayed until 2022

Inaugural Indonesian MotoGP delayed until 2022 This aerial picture taken on February 23, 2019 shows the Mandalika coastal development project, which is the proposed site of a new MotoGP motorbike race on a custom-built street circuit in Mandalika in the south of Lombok. MotoGP’s return to Indonesia after more than two decades has been met with jubilation on the island of Lombok where sports fans hope it will revive their earthquake-ravaged economy. (AFP/Ali Arsyad)
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Paris, France   ●   Sat, April 10, 2021 2021-04-10 18:22 36 559f5bc8c5224ad06a25184c0a38a68a 2 Sports MotoGP,Lombok,West-Nusa-Tenggara,Dorna-Sports,NTB Free

The first Indonesian MotoGP has been pushed back one year and will not take place before March 2022, the championship promoters Dorna announced on Friday.

MotoGP signed a three-year deal to host a race in Indonesia in 2019, with the inaugural event at the purpose-built street track on the island of Lombok which is still currently under construction, initially due to be held this year.

"Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all parties involved agreed to hold the first MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix at the track in the first part of the 2022 season, in principle during March," Dorna said in a press statement.

MotoGP organisers visited the site on Wednesday to check progress on the circuit. 

"The visit to Lombok was very successful and we can confirm that the Mandalika International Street Circuit will be one of the most important venues of the calendar in the future," said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta. 

"Indonesia is a key market for Dorna, and for all the stakeholders of the championship."

The new track, the layout of which will be used in part by the inhabitants of the island when there are no organised events, could yet host a test event at the end of the year "if MotoGP is able to hold events in South East Asia towards the end of 2021".

The owners of the circuit are hoping to hold a Superbike world championship event on November 14 at this tourist resort, made up of beaches and other large hotels, which was badly shaken by an earthquake in 2018. 

Indonesia is hoping to follow the path taken by Malaysia and Thailand, which arrived on the MotoGP world circuit in 2018, in creating a strong home market in motorsport.