Mandalika GP Association CEO: “[Mandalika] can be graded FIA A-grade”
Recent comments on the possibility of Formula 1 races in Indonesia by the Mandalika Grand Prix Association CEO, Ricky Baheramsjah hints at Formula 1 expanding its available network of circuits to the West Nusa Tenggara island of Lombok.
Written by Hafiz Akbar, Edited by Daniel Yi
There have been rumours of talks between circuit officials and Formula 1 to incorporate the track to create a new tourism venture both in the vicinity of the circuit and the region, seeing as the mega tourism capital of Bali is just next door.
Quoted by Pitpass, Baheramsjah said, “Our circuit can be FIA Grade-1, which would accommodate Formula 1, and we’ve had discussions with Formula 1 on Lombok.
“They don’t like the gravel traps we need for MotoGP but that’s a minor issue since [the surface under] the gravel is just asphalt, so it can be shifted out.
“We may need a few more facilities, more five-star hotels, as MotoGP is a very broad market– from people on scooters to people on Bentleys. [The] Ticket pricing is also relatively more affordable compared to Formula 1.
“A destination like Lombok would be challenging for Formula 1, but once Mandalika is more developed then there’s a terrific chance for Formula 1 should it want to explore it [the option]. For now, though, we are fully focused on the races we have lined up.”
Since one of the requirements of hosting MotoGP is to have an FIM Grade-A circuit, Mandalika can be modified to fit the requirements for an FIA Grade-1 certification, which can be held for the next 3 years and can be renewed.
The Mandalika Street Circuit is set for its debut international motorsports event next year in the 2022 MotoGP season and with the massive MotoGP fanbase presence, the excitement is palpable among the Indonesian nationals to attend the race when it does come.