The Mandalika Circuit, a region of Indonesia is one step away from hosting World-class motorcycle racing events, like WSBK and MotoGP. However, there is also a great possibility to host a one-day MotoE Grand Prix.
The Mandalika Grand Prix Association, dubbed as “Indonesia’s Paradise” is eager on bringing the electric world-class series to the country. If it happens, it would make the first nation in Southeast Asia to have a Grand Prix of this FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme de Motocyclisme) endorsed Championship.
“We have had discussions with Dorna (One of the promoters of MotoE) about the tournament,” said Ricky Baheramsjah, CEO of the organization. “This is a fantastic series and also has the potential to pave the way for the future of motorsport,” he added.
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Baheramsjah claimed that MotoE has not yet visited Southeast Asia, but they have had serious contact with Dorna, because they consider the Championship to be a very interesting event to bring to the region.
So far, the series has a 2021 calendar of seven races, all on European territory, so moving it to another continent would give them more of a global event feel. This year it takes place in Jerez, Le Mans, Catalunya, Assen, Red Bull Ring and Misano.
This is only the third season following an eventful 2020, during which the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on all sporting competitions worldwide, and MotoE was no exception.
Like MotoGP, training for the innovative electrified contest takes place on Fridays, qualifying on Saturdays and racing on Sundays. The MotoE race engine delivers 147 hp and a top speed of 250 km/h.
Formula E Conflict
While Mandalika introduces big projects for opening up the doors to innovative and exciting sporting events, the Jakarta situation is a powder keg, due to the governor’s intention to hold an E-Prix of the electric single-seater series.
The opposition accuses him of using non-priority resources to organize the race, in the midst of a critical context due to social demands and an economic rift opened by the coronavirus pandemic.
Written by I Jhonattan González