Indonesia will host the first MotoGP street races from 2021.
The new 4.32-km track will be in Mandalika, Lombok.
The new round will bring the MotoGP schedule to 21 races per year.
After years of debates and no-go’s, the Indonesia MotoGP is on for the first street races from 2021.
The event will be in the Mandalika district on the island of Lombok from 2021 to 2023. The state-owned Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (IDTC) and MotoGP promoter Dorna signed the agreement on 21stFebruary in Madrid, Spain.
The IDTC President, Abdulbar M. Mansoer, told Motosport.com that the FIM Safety Officer Franco Uncini approved the circuit’s design.
However, the new 4.32-km length and 18 corner track will be built from scratch unlike Monaco and Singapore. The track will become public roads after the MotoGP event.
French Vinci Construction from France will begin work in September this year.
The entry of MotoGP into Indonesia is what Indonesia and Dorna had dreamed of for a long time, as the country represents the largest motorcycle market in the world. Indeed, this is the reason why the Repsol Honda chooses to launch their team there every year (apart from this year’s due to the Repsol-Honda 25th partnership anniversary).
Indonesia’s entry will bring the series to 21 races per season, after Finland’s entry in 2020.
It will be interesting to see how the new schedule pans out, for both the regular season and out-of-season tests.