Mandalika Circuit Paving Can Be Completed Today

Jakarta, IDN Times – Deputy Director of the Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA), Cahyadi Wanda, said that the re-paving of the Mandalika Circuit could actually be completed on Tuesday (8/3/2022). However, it all depends on the weather in Lombok.

“Actually, in terms of preparation, the asphalting should be finished today. However, if the weather supports it, yes,” said Cahyadi at the Mandalika GP Hub, Jakarta, Tuesday (8/3/2022).

1. MGPA targets the asphalting to be completed on March 10

Mandalika Circuit Paving Can Be Completed TodayThe asphalt process supervisory team from England is checking the demolition of the asphalt for the Mandalika Circuit IDN Times/Ahmad Viqi

Cahyadi revealed, MGPA actually targets that the asphalt will be completed on Thursday (10/3/2022). So, if today the asphalting has not been completed, MGPA still has a deadline until the day after tomorrow. There is more than a week before the 2022 MotoGP is held at Mandalika.

“Based on the schedule, we can actually finish today. Hopefully the weather will be friendly. If not, even March 10, we are still far from the set deadline. So procedurally everything is safe,” said Cahyadi.

2. Cahyadi thanks KemenPUPR

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Mandalika Circuit Paving Can Be Completed TodayThe progress of the construction of the Tribune at the Mandalika Circuit ahead of the MotoGP IDN Times/Ahmad Viqi

Cahyadi expressed his gratitude to the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), Basuki Hadimuljono. He directly observed the repair of the Mandalika Circuit, and from there, Cahyadi believed that the asphalting would be completed on time.

“If the asphalting is completed according to schedule, we can anticipate dust, dirt, and will be eliminated with these preparations. If we are stuck, that is a danger for us. So what we can do is finish it (paving) on ​​time,” said Cahyadi.

3. The Mandalika Circuit goes through a re-paving process

Mandalika Circuit Paving Can Be Completed TodayThe area around the Mandalika Circuit. (IDN Times/Aldila Muharma)

The International Motorsports Federation (FIM), together with Dorna and ITDC, agreed that the Mandalika Circuit would carry out re-paving. This decision was taken after the FIM and Dorna listened to the drivers’ complaints regarding the quality of the circuit which was quite worrying in terms of safety.

Indeed, during the 2022 MotoGP pre-season, a number of riders complained about the large number of pebbles that had sprung up at several points at the Mandalika Circuit. They felt the gravel could endanger safety during the race.