Mandalika, the new Indonesian circuit which will host the MotoGP and World Superbike events, has a capacity of 188,000 spectators.
But the ongoing Covid restrictions – Reuters estimates Indonesia has vaccinated 18% of its vast population of 270 million – means only a fraction of that crowd capacity will likely be in attendance for the inaugural WorldSBK event in November and after the MotoGP test (February) and the race (March).
The Mandalika Grand Prix association estimates that 20 to 30,000 spectators, or around 15% of the circuit’s maximum, will be possible for the next rounds.
“We obviously want to have safe events for everyone, and that’s basically our main goal. If we are allowed to have an audience in Mandalika, we will see a percentage of the total capacity. And because we’re sitting in a very large open space and it’s an open environment, having 20 to 30,000 spectators per day means 15% of the capacity, ”said Ricky Baheramsjah, CEO of MGPA.
“It’s a very small number, but the most important is to learn from other circuits that already have motorsport events with a large audience to see what their guidelines and procedures are, so that we can adapt them and we work. with the government.
“We just don’t want to pass up the opportunity for spectators to come and see a World Superbike event, or any other MotoGP event coming up.”
Happy Harinto, Strategy and Communications Director of MGPA, added: “It is very difficult to organize a race like this. [in the midst of a pandemic], but we are awaiting instructions from the government whether this is allowed with spectators or not.
“But what is clear, we in the MGPA are ready … the track is over, and the [remaining] installations are only a matter of time.
“Our hope with the World Superbike is that it can be a warm-up for future events such as the pre-season testing and Indonesian MotoGP itself.”
Mandalika’s capacity of 188,000 spectators includes 50,000 grandstand seats.
The only non-European MotoGP events organized to date since the start of the Covid pandemic are the season opening rounds in Qatar this year. The other “flyaways” have all been canceled with the exception of COTA in Texas, still scheduled for October 1-3, and Argentina, which remains officially “postponed”.