Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, center, and Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation president director Abdulbar Mansoer, right, inspect construction of the Mandalika Street Circuit in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on Oct. 10. (Antara Photo/Ahmad Subaidi)

Tickets for Indonesian MotoGP Available From Next Month


OCTOBER 11, 2019

Lombok. As construction of the Mandalika Circuit in West Nusa Tenggara began this month, an executive announced on Thursday that tickets for Indonesia's first MotoGP race will be available from next month.

Indonesia has won a contract to host the world's most-watched motorcycle race starting in 2021 on a yet-to-be-built street circuit at the Mandalika beachside resort.

"Ticket sales begin in November. The price has not been determined but we plan to sell between 10,000 and 20,000 tickets," Abdulbar Mansoer, the director of Indonesian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), told Antara news agency.

The company is in charge of the circuit's construction under the supervision of MotoGP management Dorna Sports.

Abdulbar said a special ceremony featuring a MotoGP rider will be held in Jakarta before the tickets go on sale.

"We are still discussing which rider we will invite to Jakarta," he said.

Abdulbar said the construction of the circuit in Central Lombok is going according to plan. The company has already cleared the land and started erecting safety walls around the street circuit.

Currently, 2.5 kilometers of the safety wall have already been erected, or 42 percent of the 6.25 kilometers in total, he said.

Homologation – the process of certifying the circuit to meet regulatory standards and specifications – is already underway, conducted jointly with foreign partners Mrk1 Consulting and Vinci Construction Grand Projects, who will hand the homologation papers to world motorcycle racing federation FIM.

"Since the Mandalika Street Circuit was approved to host the MotoGP grand prix in Indonesia, we've been carefully constructing it according to regulations, to ensure the circuit can hold the race from 2021 with safety levels that meet FIM's and Dorna's standards," Abdulbar said.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said he was pleased with the progress being made at the construction site, although there is still a long way to go.

"For the first time in Indonesia, we will host a MotoGP grand prix," Arief said.

West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zulkieflimansyah also expressed confidence that the circuit would be completed in time.

“Everything's on track; there's been no changes to our plan," the governor said.

Reacting to reports that dozens of people had tried to stop the construction of the circuit due to an ongoing land dispute, the governor said ITDC only needs to clear 2.5 more hectares of land and that the dispute will be settled immediately.

"For sure, there have been obstacles with the construction, but every problem can be settled through dialogues," he said.

Indonesia has hosted the world motorcycle grand prix on two occasions at the Sentul Circuit in West Java in 1996 and 1997, with Australia's Michael Doohan and Japan's Tadayuki Okada winning the 500cc class.

The MotoGP class featuring 1,000cc bikes was introduced by Dorna in 2001.