Although the MotoGP travels to many continents, there has still been a disproportionate amount of races in Europe. However, this will be changing in 2021, with MotoGP arriving in the two-wheel enthusiastic country of Indonesia, with around 80 percent of registered vehicles being motorcycles, a trend that’s actually rising!
In South America, there is a new track is being built, the Rio Motor Park. In two years time, the MotoGP Championship will head to Rio de Janeiro adding a 22nd race to the championship. The track will have a German touch, because Hermann Tilke (one of the world’s foremost experts in the planning and construction of race tracks) and his team are responsible for the design the Brazilian track.
MotoGP has a history of racing in Brazil, but not since 2004, much to the chagrin of the motorsport enthusiastic Brazilians. “Brazil is an important market for motorsports with a strong history to be proud of. I am pleased that MotoGP can play an important role in the continuation of this history with our return in 2022..”said Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta. The importance of this role is also demonstrated by the words of the mayor of Rio de Janeiro Marcelo Crivella:” The construction the racetrack is a spectacular project with an extraordinary investment that will create 7,000 jobs – and in addition to making Rio a leading competitor in big motorsport competitions, we will bring development and stimulate tourism to the West Zone, a region of the city with many needs.”
And a new country joins the MotoGP calendar – Indonesia. In the first six months of 2019, 3.25 million motorcycles and scooters were sold in Indonesia, about seven percent more than last year. So it is no coincidence that the island of Lombok is busy building a new racetrack. The facility is unique in that it is a road course that can also be used as a normal road if there is no racing event taking place. A state-owned company is developing the 1,175-hectare Mandalika Economic Zone, an entertainment and sports district where commercial parks, condominiums and glamping facilities are being constructed. On the 4.32-kilometer race track, the Mandalika Circuit, a total of 19 corners are woven into a beautiful backdrop of mountains and pristine beaches. Mandalika is known as a premier destination and there is great hope the MotoGP will continue bringing new tourists to the country.