Indonesia is set to host a MotoGP motor racing event during the 2021 season, at a new circuit in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). MotoGP races had previously been held in 1996 and 1997 at the Sentul International Circuit in Bogor, West Java.
Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), a state-owned company, signed a contract in Madrid on 29 January 2019 with Dorna, the MotoGP operator, to host the race and develop the circuit. “We will focus on establishing the venue, infrastructure and facilities,” said ITDC president director Abdulbar M. Mansoer on Tuesday, 19 February.
ITDC is collaborating with France’s Vinci Construction Grand Projects, which serves as the main investor for the development of Mandalika’s street circuit complex. Besides the circuit, Vinci also intends to build facilities such as a shopping mall, a hospital, hotels and apartment buildings on 131 hectares of land within the 1,175-ha special economic zone.
Mandalika Special Economic Zone was inaugurated by President Jokowi in October 2017 and is aimed specifically at the tourism industry. Located in the southern part of Lombok island, with its breath-taking natural scenery and fascinating culture, Mandalika SEZ is the perfect place for a sporting event, and the ideal starting point for discovering Lombok.