MotoGP promoter Dorna Sports has confirmed that Indonesia will be added to the global motorcycling series’ race calendar from 2021.
The deal, which was agreed between Dorna and the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), includes separate promoters’ contracts for both the FIM MotoGP World Championship and the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK).
The agreement ensures that both series will race at an all-new venue on the island of Lombok from 2021. The events will be staged specifically within the Mandalika region, a large-scale tourism estate where a street circuit is expected to be created for the purpose of hosting MotoGP.
“What a unique project this will be, having an urban, world class circuit in a country where MotoGP has such a huge following,” said Dorna Group chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta. “Indonesia is a key market for us with a considerable percentage of motorsport fans living here and the MotoGP atmosphere will be even stronger once the circuit is complete.
“Also, by including Lombok to the WorldSBK calendar makes this offer more attractive for local fans having two World Class events in the area during the year.”
The move further expands MotoGP’s Asian footprint, adding to the series’ existing events in Thailand, Japan and Malaysia.
Abdulbar M Mansoer, chief executive of the ITDC, added: “We are very excited to have partnered up with Dorna and are delighted to be able to bring world-class motorsport events to Indonesia and the Mandalika in Lombok together.”
The new MotoGP season gets underway on 10th March with the VisitQatar Grand Prix.