Mandalika Circuit Believed to Pass Homologation

ITDC Main Director Abdulbar M Mansoer said the results of the homologation of the new Mandalika Circuit asphalt will appear on Thursday (17/3) night.

Although there has only been news of the H-1 Indonesian Grand Prix, Abdulbar is optimistic that the Mandalika Circuit will pass homologation. The homologation result is important, because it concerns the safety and feasibility of the circuit to hold MotoGP races.

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Moreover, there are a number of points on the re-paved track. « Every night there are reports regarding progress for homologation. So, Dorna Sports and the FIM are always given a report, so they don’t buy cats in sacks, » said Abdulbar at the Mandalika Circuit, Thursday (17/3).

Abdulbar said that Dorna and the FIM had arrived with the logistical readiness needed to hold the Indonesian Grand Prix. « So, are they not sure about homologation? It’s been reported continuously, » he concluded.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director of MGPA Cahyadi Wanda said that if the homologation did not pass, two things could happen. First, the race is still held, but with a note.

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« Secondly, the race will not be held and we really don’t want it, » said Cahyadi.

Next year, he continued, when Indonesia hosts MotoGP for the second time, homologation will be carried out again. Homologation is often done before the race takes place. « As World Superbike is also approaching race day, » he added.(OL-11)