The MotoGP racers who will take part in the Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, Lombok, on March 18-20 are scheduled to be welcomed by President Joko Widodo at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (16/3).
After the audience, Jokowi will release the racers for the parade from and to the Merdeka Palace by crossing the HI Roundabout, said Head of the Presidential Secretariat Heru Budi Hartono.
“Tomorrow the President will have an audience with MotoGP riders competing in Mandalika. There are dozens of riders present and of course names that are already familiar to MotoGP fans, such as Marc Marquez, Joan Mir, Alex Rins, Francesco Bagnaia, Jack Miller, Maverick Vinales , Alex Marquez, and Takaaki Nakagami,” said Heru in a statement received in Jakarta, today.
“So for tomorrow, the President will only have an audience and after that he will release the racers with their respective racing motorbikes. The President will not participate in the convoy.”
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Dorna Sport, which is the holder of the commercial rights for MotoGP, stated that the presence of these racers in Jakarta before leaving for Mandalika was a form of appreciation for the hard work of the Indonesian Government in preparing the Indonesian MotoGP.
“This is the first year of 10 years of cooperation. Therefore, out of our respect, the riders will meet with President Joko Widodo tomorrow. We also thank you for your time, Mr President,” said Dorna Sports Chief Sporting Officer Carlos Ezpeleta.
Heru said that the series of hearings between President Jokowi and the MotoGP racers would later be broadcast live through the official YouTube channel of the Presidential Secretariat.
“For tomorrow’s event, we will broadcast live streaming through the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube account starting at 09.30 WIB,” said Heru.(Ant/OL-4)