The work to finish the Mandalika circuit in Indonesia continues at a rapid pace. The track is one of the reserve circuits on the 2021 MotoGP calendar and doesn’t want to find itself ill-prepared.
Construction manager Aris Joko Santoso has stated that the organisers are setting about surfacing the track, using an asphalt imported from England: "This special asphalt is produced in the UK and is used to coat the upper section of the circuit; it represents the specification used for MotoGP. The lower section of the asphalt is produced in Indonesia", he told local media.
And the organisers’ efforts don’t end there. The airfences and guardrails to be installed around the track will be imported from Germany. As Santoso himself comments, producing them on-site would require great investment in terms of the transfer of technology and production.
The work doesn’t just regard the track, with local authorities moving to boost the power line in the main places of interest in and around the track.
Dorna recognises the Indonesians’ efforts
"We recognise the immense effort that everyone involved in this project is putting in, and we want to extend our gratitude to President Jokowi and his Minsters for their commitment in bringing international motorsport to Indonesia in 2021", stated Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta a few weeks ago.
Providing it is able to complete the work in time to receive the necessary homologation, Mandalika remains on stand-by, along with Portugal and Russia, ready to replace any of the tracks during the season should the need arise.
Translated by Heather Watson