The all new Mandalika International Street Circuit in Indonesia will lift the curtain on the final round of the 2021 Superbike World Championship this weekend. Team HRC and its factory rider Alvaro Bautista are already on site, keen to get out and explore this brand-new facility which is an unknown for the entire Superbike field.
This weekend’s WorldSBK finale is in fact the very first international event to be staged at the Indonesian circuit. Located in the Mandalika area of the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia, the track measures 4.3 km in length. It features a total of seventeen turns, namely six left-handers and eleven right-handers.
After a tough penultimate round in Argentina, Bautista is intent on rounding out this 2021 season on a high, before he moves on to pastures new in 2022.
WEEKEND SCHEDULE (CET +7)
11.00 – 11.45 – SBK Timed Practice 1
15.00 – 15.45 – SBK Timed Practice 2
9.00 – 9.30 – SBK Free Practice
11.10 – 11.25 – Superpole
15.00 – SBK Race 1
9.00 – 9.15 – SBK Warm-up
11.00 – SBK Superpole race
15.00 – SBK Race 2
“I’am very excited for the last race of the year. It’s been around a month since the last round, which is a bit too long really, but I’ve had chance to spend some time with my family after a very intense period this summer. I’ve also been able to train well in recent weeks in preparation for a track that is new to everyone. I’m looking forward to going to Indonesia because there is a great passion for our sport there and a lot of fans. It is always exciting to discover a new track. I have seen some videos and it looks to be a great new track. I think it’s a good opportunity to enjoy the end of the season. On Friday we will focus on finding our references, both in terms of the riding and technically speaking, and we’ll need to work quickly so that we’re as prepared as possible for the races. I would like to finish the season with a good result for Honda so hopefully we can be fast and competitive in Indonesia.”“