JAKARTA, 31 OCTOBER 2019 - DORNA Sports SL (DORNA), broadcast rights holder of MotoGP, visitedthe construction of the Mandalika International Street Circuit(MandalikaCircuit) currently being built by PT Pengembangan Pariwisata Indonesia (Persero) or Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) in The Mandalika, Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggaraon Monday (10/28/2019). In addition to conducting the visit, CEO of DORNA Sports SL (DORNA) Carmelo Ezpeleta and Sporting Director of DORNA Carlos Ezpeleta also held meetings with the President Directorof ITDC Abdulbar M. Mansoer as well as Construction and Operations Director of ITDC Ngurah Wirawan, along with representatives of the West Nusa Tenggara Provincial Government and Central Lombok District Government, representatives of state-owned enterprises, and the Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA) Team, ITDC’s business unit that manages the Mandalika Circuit.
This is DORNA’s first visit to the construction site of the Mandalika Circuit, since the establishment of The Mandalika as the venue of an Indonesian GP through the signing of a Promoter's Agreement between ITDC and DORNA at the end of January 2019 in Madrid, Spain.
President Director of ITDC Abdulbar M. Mansoer said, “In DORNA’s first visit to the site of the Mandalika Circuit, we showed the progress of the construction and ensured it will be completed on schedule in order that the Mandalika Circuit can be included in the 2021 MotoGP calendar. We also presented MGPA's work plan in collaborating with various stakeholders for the successful implementation of MotoGP in The Mandalika 2021".
DORNACEO Carmelo Ezpeleta said, "I am satisfied after seeing the progress of the Mandalika Circuit construction. I am very enthusiastic about the Mandalika Circuit because it is the first circuit for MotoGP with the concept of street race, yet equipped with facilities like a permanent circuit, such as CoEx building with paddock, hotel, and hospital. I am very optimistic this circuit will be an icon for being the first and wonderful street circuit.
”The Mandalika Circuit is built in the middle of The Mandalika tourism complex that provides beautiful views of the hills and beach. The circuit has a length of 4.31 km and 17 turns.
Carmelo Ezpeleta added, he was optimistic that Mandalika MotoGP would be cheered and supported by many viewers because Indonesia isoneof the countries with a largestMotoGP fan base. In addition to bringing business profits, another benefit that will later be obtained from the implementation of MotoGP at The Mandalika is the emergence of young riders from Indonesia, because DORNA Sports also provides guidance to young talents through the Asian Talent Cup.
In line with Carmelo Ezpeleta, DORNA Sporting Director Carlos Ezpeleta explained, "Today we are very happy to see the progress of the Mandalika Circuit construction. Although the design is still in the process of confirmation, the construction of the circuit is clearly visible,and we are confident of MGPA's hard work in the 18 months going forward, construction can be completed and MotoGP can be held in Indonesia. We look forward to coming back to Indonesia,an important country for motor sports because of the huge fan base."
According to Carlos, the holding of MotoGP in Indonesia which is planned to take place in a tourism area is an intelligent way to promote Indonesia and The Mandalika, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara as a tourism destination in the world. “Besides, bringing MotoGP back to Indonesia is a beautiful gift from the Government to the people of Indonesia, bearing in mind that Indonesia has a very large motor racing fan base. We are sure that MotoGP in Indonesia will be successful, sold out, and bring many tourists to Indonesia, "Carlos added.
Recently, the construction of the Mandalika Circuit has entered the ground working stage of the road which has reached around 30 percent. Trackwork of the road will begin in January 2020 before continuing with upgradingthe surface of the road body into a racing track. The ITDC and MGPA ensure that the circuit construction can be completed by the end of 2020 in order tohost the 2021 pre-season test, which is expected to take place in February or March 2021 before the 2021 racing season begins.
"This is not just an ITDC project but Indonesia’s project. In the process of building the Mandalika Circuit, ITDC will not workalone to complete the construction of it. Indonesia has proven capable of holding the Asian Games, as the second largest sporting event after the Olympics. Moreover, MotoGP has big fans, the MotoGP event is watched by nearly 430 million television viewers worldwide every week and this will provide a great country branding and benefit for Indonesia, “Abdulbar added.
Forms of support and synergy of SOEs in preparation for the implementation of Mandalika MotoGP 2021 include road construction by WIKA and Waskita Karya, addition of runway length, cargo upgrading and accessibility, apron expansion and taxiway widening as well as promotional activities at Lombok International Airport (LIA) by Angkasa Pura I. In addition, Pelindo III and ASDP are developing cargofacilities and cruise, while DAMRI will open a new route that serves a number of areas in Lombok to Mandalika by preparing 12 buses with a capacity of 27 seats each.
In addition, in order to increase accessibility to The Mandalika area, the Central Government has committed support in the form of supporting infrastructure development, namely the preparation of direct access / bypass along the 17.39 KM with the Right of Way (ROW) road by 50 meters from Lombok International Airport (LIA) to The Mandalika. This bypass is being prepared by the Ministry for Public Works and Human Settlements.
The implementation of the Indonesian GP event is expected to run smoothly so that the multiplier effect of organizing this event can be enjoyed by the people of Indonesia, especially in West Nusa Tenggara, amongst others the creating of direct employment for around 7,500 people, additional local investment of 150 million US dollars, additional number offoreign tourists visiting Indonesia by300 thousand people peryear, and the increasing of tourist spending to reach 40 million US dollars per year.