Formula 1 in Lombok Mandalika could be the next great event awaiting for Indonesia

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Indonesia has attempted to obtain rights to host a Formula One race in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara province in 2021, an official said today.

President-Director of Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) Abdulbar M. Mansoer made the statement after meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at a palace situated at Bogor town, an outskirt city of the country’s capital of Jakarta.

The race was expected to be held along with the MotoGP race, the director said.

“The president said that it would be more efficient for the Indonesian country branding if Indonesia also staged a Formula One race, which is a world-class, prestigious sporting event,” he said on Wednesday night.

Indonesia won a contract to host MotoGP in 3 years, commencing from 2021, beating out Brazil, which also bid to host the sports event.

Indonesia will construct a MotoGP street circuit in West Nusa Tenggara province this year.


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The Indonesian government has built roads, an airport, a hospital, and other infrastructure facilities ahead of the MotoGP race.

The street circuit in Mandalika will have a 4.32 kilometers track with 18 turns in 106 hectares of land.


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The new Indonesian MotoGP circuit in Lombok round in Lombok 2021

Indonesia will host a world-class motor racing event for the first time after more than two decades as the country has secured a deal with Dorna Sports’ MotoGP for a slot in the 2021 season.

The country had held two consecutive MotoGP stints at the Sentul International Circuit in Bogor, West Java, in 1996 and 1997. Legend Valentino Rossi of Italy won Indonesia’s 125 cc title in 1997.

In developing Mandalika’s street circuit complex, ITDC is collaborating with France’s Vinci Construction Grand Projects, which also acts as the main investor for the project.

The US$1-billion deal with Vinci was signed on Aug. 8 last year and foresees 15 years of development.

Aside from the circuit itself, Vinci plans to build supporting facilities from hotels and a shopping mall to a hospital and apartment buildings on 131 hectares of land within the 1,175-ha special economic zone. The street circuit venue is set to accommodate up to 150,000 spectators.


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