After MotoGP, Mandalika Street Circuit expects more sporting events

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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed his delight with the successful implementation of the 2022 Pertamina Indonesia Grand Prix (MotoGP) at Pertamina Mandalika, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) International Street Circuit.

The MotoGP race took place from March 18-20.

“It’s a great event of a very extraordinary motorsport and I want to express my deepest gratitude especially to the people of NTB, especially in Lombok, who gave their full support,” Widodo said while watching the last day of motorcycle racing.

Red Bull KTM rider Miguel Oliveira won the race after completing 20 laps at the Mandalika circuit in 33 minutes 27.223 seconds.

Monster Energy Yamaha World Champion Fabio Quartararo settled for second place after finishing 2.205 seconds behind Oliveira, and Ducati rider Johann Zarco was the third podium winner to receive the Indonesia Grand Prix trophy from the hands of Of the president.

Despite the success, Widodo promised to improve some aspects in the next implementation of MotoGP racing as Mandalika and Dorna Sports, as MotoGP commercial rights holders, have long-term cooperation contracts.

The Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia at Mandalika marked the first time the prestigious racing event has been held in the country in 25 years.

The chairman said he was proud that all 60,000 tickets for the race had been sold and expressed hope that the MotoGP race would add to the country’s tourism brand. The government has notably developed Mandalika as a sports tourism destination.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahudin Uno shared the sentiment and attributed the success of the international sporting event to the collaboration between the government and the private sector.

Uno also expressed his optimism that the event will help revive the tourism industry and the creative economy sector, in Lombok in particular and in Indonesia in general.

“MotoGP Mandalika 2022 is expected to have a significant impact on the growth of the economy,” Uno said.

The event, which attracted a large number of visitors, could strengthen the activities of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs).

The government has carried out several programs to empower local MSMEs, such as training and improving their skills, to attract tourists, he noted.

To promote creative economy products, the ministry held a showcase titled “Planogram Goes to Mandalika” at the MotoGP venue, where visitors could purchase creative economy products by scanning the barcodes of each product. .

At least 300 products from the fashion, handicrafts and kitchen sub-sectors were exhibited at the ‘Planogram Goes to Mandalika’ event.

Moreover, thanks to the success of the MotoGP race, several organizers of the international racing championship have expressed their interest in organizing events at the international street circuit of Pertamina Mandalika.

“When I want to congratulate the Moto2 World Championship champion, I sat next to an FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) executive, who said that several international racing championship organizers are interested in (the organization of events on) the Mandalika circuit,” Uno said. in a report.

Mandalika Circuit is located in one of the five super priority tourist destinations and offers the best panoramic views of any racing circuit in the world.

The Grade A classification granted by the International Motorcycling Federation in the last assessment has attracted organizers of international racing championships to the circuit, according to Uno.

Some motoring communities have also expressed interest in holding test drives at the circuit, which is known to have a high level of safety, he added.

“We are ready because in addition to the organizers of motorsport championships, the organizers of cycling races, marathons and other communities have expressed their interest in the circuit,” said the minister.

Uno hailed the interest of international racing championship organizers in the Mandalika Circuit as proof of the success of national branding during the 2022 Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia, which will bolster national economic recovery and create new jobs for the inhabitants.

The 2022 MotoGP race is expected to bring 500 billion rupees to the economy and create 11,000 jobs during pre-season testing, according to the minister. At the final event, it was believed that there was additional income from the event.

In total, some 50,000 jobs would have been created in certain sectors during the MotoGP 2022 series.

During the MotoGP race, at least 300 people were hired as construction workers, 3,000 people in MSME merchandising, 600 homestay people and 1,500 people in logistics and transport.

In addition, at least 900 workers were absorbed in the cooking and catering sectors, around 500 people in the accommodation sector and around 100 people in the natural, social and cultural exploration sector.

State oil and gas company PT Pertamina (Persero) provided 50 free stalls to market products during the race.

One of the objectives of Pertamina’s support is to encourage a positive multiplier effect for the economy of Mandalika in particular and Indonesia in general.

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This activity is a series of MSME empowerment activities under the Pertamina Social and Environmental Responsibility (TJSL) framework to support the success of the Pertamina Indonesia Grand Prix.

Previously, Pertamina collaborated with the provincial government NTB and the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to organize a business meeting for MSME stakeholders with potential buyers from the hospitality industry around the Mandalika region.

The economic fallout initiated by MotoGP 2022 has also impacted the surrounding regions, with the exception of Lombok.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Personnel Office (KSP) will soon assess the implementation of the 2022 Indonesian Grand Prix Pertamina as part of the preparations for holding the World Superbike (WSBK) from November 11-13 this year.

“KSP will immediately carry out a thorough evaluation of MotoGP to prepare for the next World Superbike at the end of 2022,” KSP Chief of Staff Deputy I Febry Calvin Tetelepta said on March 22, 2022.

The Mandalika Special Economic Zone will also host G20 side events on sustainable development in the tourism sector this year.

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