Indonesia secures MotoGP and WorldSBK events

Indonesia is set to host both MotoGP and Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) events from 2021 after the signing of promoter contracts was confirmed.

News of MotoGP’s impending return to the Southeast Asian nation was first disclosed last week, but Dorna, the exclusive commercial and broadcast rights-holder for the two championships, on Saturday stated that Indonesia will also stage a WorldSBK race.

Dorna has agreed the deals with ITDC, Indonesia’s largest integrated tourism developer and operator. The events will be held at a new street circuit on the island of Lombok, more specifically within the Mandalika, a large-scale integrated tourism estate.

Dorna Group chief executive, Carmelo Ezpeleta, said: “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, including Lombok on the WorldSBK calendar makes this offer more attractive for local fans by having two world class events in the area during the year.”

Indonesia previously held MotoGP races in 1996 and 1997 at the Sentul International Circuit in West Java.

Most recent

After launching in Miami this spring, the Sports Decision Makers Summit – from SportBusiness and Sportel – came to London's Rosewood hotel on July 9-10. This is what we learned from our expert speakers.

Liverpool FC decided to arrange its own tour of the United States this summer, rather than compete in the pre-season International Champions Cup, because the club preferred to be "independent" and have more freedom to arrange opponents, dates and venues.

As the Tour de France moves towards its conclusion in Paris, Kevin Roberts talks to Ralph Denk, team manager of the German Bora-Hansgrohe team about the business of running and funding an international cycling outfit.

As France's Ligue 1 is staging a four-team tournament in Washington DC this week, Bob Williams looks at how it aims to expand its reach into the US and improve overseas media-rights income.