The 2023 Motocross Grand Prix (MXGP) will be held in the NTB Province. The two prestigious motor racing events will take place at the MXGP Samota Circuit in Sumbawa from June 23-25 and at the MXGP Lombok Circuit from July 1-2. "Two MXGP events will be held in NTB," said Governor Dr. H Zulkieflimansyah after leading the groundbreaking ceremony for the MXGP Lombok Circuit located at the former Selaparang Airport in Mataram City on Tuesday (9/5).
Governor Bang Zul said that Lombok and Sumbawa were chosen as the locations for MXGP 2023 as recognition of the success of MXGP 2022 in Samota, Sumbawa. "Because of the excellent organization in Samota, NTB received the award to host MXGP twice this year, in Sumbawa and Lombok," he explained.
According to Bang Zul, several provinces offered to host MXGP, but Infront Moto Racing, as the organizer, chose Lombok as the second location for MXGP after the first series in Samota. The Governor added that the construction of the MXGP Lombok Circuit is the beginning of various positive developments in the future.
The MXGP Lombok Circuit is not as extreme as the one in Samota and is expected to be used for national and regional racing events as well. "It won't just stop at MXGP. The surrounding area will become more lively," he added.
Bang Zul also mentioned that NTB has experience in building circuits, citing the successful completion of the Samota Circuit. Although the Samota Circuit has not yet made a financial profit, the area has rapidly developed since its establishment, especially in terms of housing and various types of businesses.
The Governor invited the public to participate in the success of MXGP and is optimistic that it will advance tourism and boost the local economy. "The circuit will become something different. It may be like this now, but in the future, it will become a tourist destination," he said.
The MXGP Lombok Circuit spans 1,600 meters with 16 turns and several jumping areas. The highest jumping area is around 7-8 meters in front of the starting line with a view of Mount Rinjani. The Circuit is 500x144 meters wide and has moderate wind pressure suitable for off-road racing.
Although the MXGP Lombok Circuit has a smaller capacity than the Samota Circuit, it is located in the city center and has a beautiful landscape and natural panorama. The MXGP Lombok Circuit will be constructed as a flat track and will be surrounded by spectator areas.
The MXGP Lombok ticket prices are affordable. The festival class is priced at IDR 50,000 for two days, while paddock tickets cost IDR 200,000 for two days. VVIP tickets are priced at IDR 4 million for two days, and VIP tickets cost IDR 3 million for two days. All prices are for a two-day pass. Paddock tickets are sold separately, and additional fees will be charged for those who visit the paddock area.
MXGP tickets can be purchased through tiket.com, and buyers who do not want to queue or come directly can order via the application.