WSBK series on Mandalika Circuit postponed to November 19-21

WSBK series on Mandalika Circuit postponed to November 19-21

An aerial photo of the tenth turn of the Mandalika International Street Circuit, taken at sunrise on August 21, 2021. (ANTARA FOTO/Ahmad Subaidi/aww/uyu) 

However, the delay in (organizing) the race has not only been caused by technical factors.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The final series of the 2021 World Superbike (WSBK) World Championship -- which will be held at the Mandalika Circuit, West Nusa Tenggara province -- has been postponed to November 19-21, 2021, officials said.

The Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA), the event promoter, said that the decision was made due to the organizer’s consideration of equipment logistics and delivery.

"However, the delay in (organizing) the race has not only been caused by technical factors. It also aims to avoid the race to be held at the same time with the final series of MotoGP in Valencia," the promoter stated in a written statement on Saturday.

This will not be the first time Indonesia will host the WSBK series. The country was the host of the competition in 1994-1997.

Thus, the return of the series to the nation is eagerly awaited by fans as the sport has a strong fanbase in Indonesia.

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The Mandalika Circuit will also host the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) for the first time -- a competition that is also managed by Dorna Sports -- on November 12-14, 2021.

"It will be a milestone for Mandalika International Street Circuit to host the WSBK and IATC," MGPA remarked.

Turkish racer Toprak Razgatlioglu (from the Yamaha Team) is currently leading the tournament with 399 points -- one point more than British racer Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Team), whose compatriot Scott Redding (Ducati Team) is ranked third with 339 points. There are only four series left in this tournament season.

Regarding the development progress of the circuit, the paving on the circuit’s track was completed in mid-August, MGPA said.

Furthermore, the 4.3-km long circuit is also being prepared to host the MotoGP competition next year, it added.

Although the 2022 MotoGP calendar has not been released by Dorna Sports, it has been decided that the Mandalika Circuit will host the MotoGP pre-season test on February 11-13, 2022, it informed.

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