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MotoGP Indonesia 2021 | Dorna meet with Joko Widodo

Official reception for MotoGP takes place in Indonesia

Earlier this week Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta met with the Indonesian President Ir. H. Joko Widodo in Jakarta at an official reception for MotoGP

Late last month MCNews reported the announced plans to hold a future MotoGP event in Indonesia in 2021, with a circuit to be built as part of incredible new tourism development the “Mandalika” in Lombok. This week’s official reception was held to further examine the project.

Inside the palace at the reception
Inside the palace at the reception

At the reception, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta met the President, Joko Widodo, as well as Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) President Director, Abdulbar M Mansoer, at Bogor Palace in West Java to celebrate the new partnership between MotoGP and Indonesia.

President Widodo confirmed his country’s readiness to host the Indonesian MotoGP, especially with Indonesia having some of the most committed and enthusiastic fans for MotoGP, as discussed in an earlier MCNews piece highlighting that the Southeast Asian region, and Indonesia in-particular being such an important market for Dorna.

Sporting Director Carlos Ezpeleta and Indonesian Moto2 World Championship rider Dimas Ekky Pratama were also present at the event, with attendees getting a glimpse of incredible plans of the venue that’s to be built as part of the spectacular new “Mandalika” Complex.

Excitement for the inclusion of the Indonesian GP on the future MotoGP calendar only continues to build, with this official reception consolidating the project in another important step towards making the dream a reality.

Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation ITDC President Director Abdulbar M Mansoer centre left with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta centre and President Joko Widodo
Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation ITDC President Director Abdulbar M Mansoer centre left with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta

Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) President Director had the below to say.

Abdulbar M Mansoer

“I want to thank Mr. Carmelo Ezpeleta for coming here and meeting with our president, and directly stating to the president that we are going to have a MotoGP in 2021. In return, our president extends his credit that Mandalika will host MotoGP and, most importantly, the last statement the president said to Mr Carmelo is that the country will support this; the infrastructure will be supported. We, as a state owned company, own the land and are building the infrastructure, but around the area there will be support for the airport, a longer runway, and also a terminal for ferries, high speed boats, that will bring people from Bali to Lombok. Bali is our most visited destination and it’s only half an hour by plane, 2 hours by speedboat. We will rely on Bali for the supply of rooms and hotels, so from day one we don’t have to build tens of hotels, we will use part of Bali. That was promised by our president.

“MotoGP will bring a lot of benefit to the area. Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and I’ve heard Vietnam will have F1, so now Indonesia – as the biggest country in southeast Asia, the biggest economy – will finally have one, so this will bring a lot of attention to the area. Lombok has just been hit by earthquakes, so this will be important in the turn around and recovery of Lombok and will benefit everyone in Lombok and also in Indonesia because we’ll have our own world class circuit.

“When we signed on January 28th, we didn’t expect such positive outlook and comments. Everybody’s saying ‘finally! We will save our money because we want to see this in two years!’ There’s a large population of youth here, we have a bonus demographic. This is a good place to build the fanbase of Mandalika, and everyone is telling me they can’t wait. MotoGP is the most exciting motorsport in the opinion of Indonesia because they have the biggest fanbase. There’s over 100 million motorcycles around Indonesia and the races are so exciting.”

Carlos L and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta centre prepare for Indonesia to be on the MotoGP™ map
Carlos L and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta centre prepare for Indonesia to be on the MotoGP™ map

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO:

“As we announced last Saturday with the ITDC in Qatar, there has been an agreement to host an Indonesia Grand Prix in Lombok, Mandelika, for 2021. We thought that it was important to be here to present that to the president and the minister of sport. We’ve had a meeting with them. They’re committed to do things as best they can. We talked about the project, about the facilities and, for us, it’s very important that MotoGP is received in a country like Indonesia, which is one of the most important countries following MotoGP and the industry of motorcycles. It’s an important step today to start a new era of MotoGP.

“Asia is the most important region for the motorcycle industry in the world and, of course, Indonesia, with their big population and their interest in motorsport, this is very important.

“After the success of Malaysia and then Thailand, we think that this area, for the population, for the interest in motorcycles, is very important. For us it’s always important to do it in a safe way and and in a very nice place. In this project we fulfil both things. On one side we serve a new area for tourism and economic impact, on the other we will make an absolutely safe circuit in a very nice place. The circuit is a proper, permanent circuit.”

Ekky Pratama
Ekky Pratama with Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta

Dimas Ekky Pratama, rider

“It will be amazing for me and for the Indonesian fans because, in Indonesia it’s crazy, a lot of people like MotoGP and Lombok is my mother island, so it’s nice if I can race there in MotoGP.

“Many Indonesian people come to see me, they bring the Indonesian flags, posters of me and there’s a crazy amount of support. If we have the Indonesian GP in Lombok, for sure many people will come to support the GP. It will be amazing. I can’t wait. When I race in Sepang, it feels like home because many Indonesian people come there. When we race in Lombok, my family, friends and supporters will definitely come and it will be even more like home.”

Source: MCNews.com.au

Indonesia to host both MotoGP and WorldSBK in 2021

Dorna confirm Indonesia to host MotoGP and WSBK in 2021

ITDC, Indonesia’s largest integrated tourism developer and operator, and Dorna Sports SL have announced that the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and the FIM MotoGP World Championship will be racing in Indonesia in 2021.

The signing of the agreement was conducted by Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta (CEO of DORNA) and Mr Abdulbar M. Mansoer (CEO of ITDC) at DORNA’s headquarter in Madrid, Spain on the 28th January 2019, in front of Senior Management team of both parties and witnessed by Indonesian’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Spain, Drs. Hermono M.A.

WSBK MotoGP to Indonesia
Mandalika in Lombok to welcome MotoGP and WSBK in 2021

The agreement confirms that Indonesia will welcome the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and MotoGP in 2021 to the island of Lombok, more specifically within the Mandalika, which is a large-scale integrated Tourism Estate.

Abdulbar M. Mansoer – CEO of ITDC

“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.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta – Dorna Sports SL CEO

“What a unique project this will be, having an urban, world class circuit in a country where MotoGP has such a huge following. 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.”

Source: MCNews.com.au

Dorna/MotoGP meet with Indonesian Tourism Developers

Representatives from the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation recently met with Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports SL, along with the Sporting Director, Mr Carlos Ezpeleta, took a short break to visit the Island of Bali, staying at one of the five-star resorts at the Nusa Dua, a 350-ha integrated Tourism Estate, owned and managed by ITDC.

During this time, Mr Ezpeleta and Mr Abdulbar M. Mansoer, CEO and President Director of ITDC, toured and enjoyed the facilities at the Nusa Dua and also embarked on a day trip to the Island of Lombok to visit the Mandalika, another tourism resort project currently under development by ITDC, situated in the Southern Coast of the Island.

Indonesia Racetrack Complex Area

Specifically, for this trip, Dorna was visiting a possible location for hosting future Motorbike Race Events within the 1,175-ha integrated tourism estate.  The Mandalika, an Integrated Tourism Complex is situated in the South of Lombok, next to the
neighboring Island of Bali. With 16km of Beachfront, the Mandalika is managed under ITDC.

Mr Abdulbar M. Mansoer – CEO of ITDC

“Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta was primarily at the Nusa Dua for a well-deserved break at the Bali National Golf Club before heading out to Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. It was not his first time to the Island as he visited the Nusa Dua around 2 years prior beforehand. For this visit, during his busy schedule and on route between the two races, he wanted to visit Bali as well as Lombok, where we welcomed him to the Mandalika and presented a potential concept to host future Motorbike Race Events. His visit was brief, but we believe that he sincerely enjoyed his break and of course we would be very happy to welcome him back to Bali and Lombok in the near future.”

Indonesia Racetrack Meeting
ITDC Head of Investment & Marketing Ricky Baheramsjah, ITDC Director of Development Edwin Darmasetiawan, ITDC President Director and CEO Abdulbar M. Mansoer, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, Roadgrip Indonesia Director Raoul Pasaribu, Construction and Operation Director Ngurah Wirawan, Dorna Sporting Director Carlos Ezpeleta, MRK1 Consulting Managing Director Mark Hughes