Mandalika International Street Circuit (known as Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit for commercial purposes)[1] is located in the Mandalika resort area on the Central Lombok Regency island in West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. The circuit is a venue for Asia Talent Cup, Superbike World Championship and Grand Prix motorcycle racing races. The sports cluster and entertainment project, measuring 120 hectares, will eventually include the construction of hotels and other facilities.[2]

Development area

As part of the conservation maintenance, the vegetation that provides the backdrop to the Mandalika Resort area will be set aside as a conservation area of over 3,000 hectares. This area with many native species will only be accessible for low-impact activities, such as cycling or hiking to minimize damage to the flora and fauna.[3]

History

This circuit has been under construction since 2015, which was inaugurated by the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo. Previously, Indonesia had held MotoGP in 1996 and 1997 as well as the Superbike from 1994 to 1997, all at the Sentul International Circuit in Bogor, West Java. However, due to the financial crisis, Indonesia was forced to suspend its motorsport hosting program. This circuit was built to increase the number of tourists who come to the Mandalika resort area and introduce new tourist destinations.

Progress

On 23 February 2019, it was announced that the circuit would host the returning Indonesian motorcycle Grand Prix in 2022.[4] The track will have 4.320 kilometres length with 17 corners.[5]

In April 2021, it was announced that the race circuit layout and surface was completed, but without the associated infrastructure. Officials from MotoGP organisers (Dorna) inspected the track, but no race was scheduled for 2021; World Superbike event was still possible later in the year, depending on travel quarantine requirements.

Controversies

The project was heavily criticised by the United Nations, due to reports of locals being dispossessed of their homes, lands and livelihoods.[6]

The Asia Talent Cup (ATC) races intended for 12–14 November 2021 as a shakedown run were postponed due to organisational "challenges" that will need to be overcome before the following weekend races of 20–21, when it is intended to run the ATC together with the last 2021 World Superbike event.[7] The difficulties were reported as a shortage of track marshals resulting in unacceptably high competitor safety levels.[8]

Lap records

The official race lap records at the Mandalika International Circuit are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Date
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.310 km (2021–present)
World SBK 1:34.288[9] Toprak Razgatlıoğlu Yamaha YZF-R1 2021 Mandalika World SBK round
World SSP 1:36.820[10] Jules Cluzel Yamaha YZF-R6 2021 Mandalika World SSP round
Asia Talent Cup 1:44.118[11] Honda NSF250R 2021 Mandalika Asia Talent Cup round

References

  1. ^ Anisatul Umah (7 October 2021). "Resmi Berubah! Ini Nama Baru Sirkuit Mandalika". CNBC Indonesia (in Indonesian).
  2. ^ Nur Imansyah (18 April 2018). Heru Purwanto (ed.). "Rini Soemarno officiates groundbreaking ceremony of Paramount Hotel in Mandalika". Antara.
  3. ^ Adisti Dini Indreswari (13 June 2012). Dupla Kartini (ed.). "Kawasan Wisata Mandalika Lombok siap dibangun". Kontan.co.id (in Indonesian).
  4. ^ "Dorna and ITDC set to bring MotoGP™ to Indonesia". motogp.com. 23 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  5. ^ Riza Roidila Mufti (14 October 2019). "Mandalika MotoGP circuit 10 percent complete, on track to host race in 2021". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  6. ^ New track tipped to be MotoGP ‘icon’, but UN condemns project the-race.com, April 2021. Retrieved 3 September 2021
  7. ^ Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup races rescheduled motogp.com, 14 November 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2021
  8. ^ New Indonesian circuit off to a rocky start ahead of WorldSBK finale Australian Motorcycle News, 15 November 2021. Retrieved 17 November 2021
  9. ^ "Superbike Pirelli Indonesian Round, 19-21 November 2021 Results Race 1" (PDF). Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Supersport Pirelli Indonesian Round, 19-21 November 2021 Results Race 2" (PDF). Retrieved 21 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Asia Talent Cup Pirelli Indonesian Round, 19-21 November 2021 Results Race 2" (PDF). Retrieved 21 November 2021.