Indonesia is set to host world-class MotoGP races for the next 10 years following a five-year extension to its initial contract, according to an official from the Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA).
“[We] have officially discussed this with Dorna. We have sent letters. We received approval to host MotoGP for 10 years, but we are still preparing the legal aspects,” MGPA Chief Strategic Communication Officer Happy Harianto told CNN Indonesia yesterday.
In 2019, Indonesia signed a deal with Dorna Sports — the exclusive commercial and television rights holder for MotoGP — to host the world-class motorcycling races for five years. The first race is set to take place in 2021 in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) under the organizing of MGPA, a business unit of state-owned Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).
As Happy confirmed, that initial deal has now been extended for another five years, though the legal aspects might take a while to sort out considering the global situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our priority is to host a successful race for our first year,” Happy said, adding that construction of the Mandalika circuit is still on track.