DORNA Sports SL and ITDC announce their partnership to bring the world’s most popular motorcycle racing events to the island of Lombok in Indonesia.
DORNA Group, the exclusive commercial and TV rights holder for the world’s leading motorcycle racing championships, and ITDC, Indonesia’s largest integrated tourism developer and operator, jointly announce the signing of two separate Promoters’ Contracts namely for the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, more commonly referred to as the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship, as well as the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. The signing was conducted by Mr Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of DORNA and Mr Abdulbar M. Mansoer, CEO of ITDC at DORNA’s office in Madrid, Spain on the 28th January 2019, in front of Senior Management team by both parties and witnessed by Indonesians Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Spain, Drs. Hermono M.A
The agreement confirms that Indonesia will welcome MotoGP™ and the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in 2021 to the island of Lombok, more specifically within the Mandalika, which is a large-scale integrated tourism estate.
Dorna Group CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta commented – “What a unique project this will be, having an urban, world class circuit in a country where MotoGP has such a huge following. Indonesia is a key market for us with a considerable percentage of motorsport fans living here and the MotoGP atmosphere will be even stronger once the circuit is complete. Also, by including Lombok to the WorldSBK calendar makes this offer more attractive for local fans having two World Class events in the area during the year.”
CEO of ITDC, Mr. Abdulbar M. Mansoer also adds – “We are very excited to have partnered up with DORNA and are delighted to be able to bring world-class motorsport events to Indonesia and the Mandalika in Lombok together.”
Both parties will be making additional statements in due course.
About the FIM MotoGP World Championship
MotoGP™ is the premier motorcycle racing World Championship; a nineteen-race series visiting over fifteen countries and multiple continents with global television coverage. Many nationalities of the world’s most skilled riders line a grid armed with cutting-edge motorcycle technology - with prototype machinery fielded by manufacturers including Aprilia, Ducati, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and KTM.
MotoGP™ was established as a World Championship by the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) in 1949. It is the oldest motorsports championship in the world and consists of three racing classes that take to the track on a typical Grand Prix weekend. Formerly labelled ‘500cc’, the championship underwent a change in 2002, with new technical regulations permitting the introduction of four-stroke machinery and increasing the engine capacity to 990cc thus becoming MotoGP™.
From 2007 the rules were altered, limiting engine capacity to 800cc, and once again from 2012, setting the maximum engine displacement at 1000cc. MotoGP™ has been administrated by commercial rights owners Dorna Sports under the supervision of the FIM since 1992.
As well as the premier class there are two ultra-competitive smaller capacity World Championship Grand Prix categories, which form part of ‘MotoGP™’. The Moto3™ (formerly 125cc) and Moto2™ (formerly 250cc) World Championships have their own races at each Grand Prix, meaning that by the end of the season three World Champions are crowned.
About the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship
Beginning in 1988, World Superbike racing continues to attract the leading manufacturers, with some of the fastest Superbike riders on the planet taking part. A loyal fan base ensures that continues to expand globally year on year thanks to the excitement, passion and racing it provides in addition to the unrivalled access to the riders and teams given to the fans.
Three production-based categories – World Superbike, World Supersport and World Supersport 300 enthrall fans around the world with high octane on track performances. With up to six races across all categories per weekend at all European events in 2019, the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship offers fans trackside and those watching on TV a unique racing spectacle.
For the manufacturers involved, WorldSBK provides the perfect marketing platform for their new ranges and models. For fans and motorcycle owners in particular, to compare their own bikes with these racing machines provokes intense interest.
WorldSBK has a massive global following attracting 707.807 race spectators.
About Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation
Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) is a state-owned enterprise focused in creating new tourism destinations in Indonesia. For 45 years ITDC has developed and managed the Nusa Dua, a 350-ha integrated luxury estate in South Bali, and positioned it to be one of the world’s most prestigious tourism destinations. With international standardized infrastructures as well as high end accommodation and extensive meeting facilities, the Nusa Dua has become host to various official international scale events such as the APEC 2013, the Bali Democratic Forum, Miss World 2013, and recently the IMF-WBG Annual Meetings 2018. In line with the Governments strategy to raise the tourism sector of Indonesia in becoming the countrys main source of foreign exchange through increasing foreign tourist arrivals, ITDC was assigned to develop other tourism destinations outside of Bali. With Government support, ITDC acquired the rights to develop and manage the Mandalika in Central Lombok, NTB, with an area of 1,175 hectares. Positioned along a pristine 16-km beachfront, and surrounded by stunning green hill tops, the Mandalika is one of ten priority tourism destinations set by the Government to become the New Bali. It has been officiated as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) since 2017 and has since attracted over USD 1 billion in Real Estate Investments. Currently the Mandalika is being built as Indonesia’s next world-class tourism destination, with various international standard facilities, amenities and attractions.
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