JAKARTA, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The Semarang municipal government has made progress on a circuit to host the 2019 MXGP Asia, officials reported.
Semarang major Hendrar Prihadi said that the MXGP circuit built in the city's district of Mijen uses rice husks to make the dirt tracks more challenging for MXGP motocross racers, but also more safe for the spectators.
"We have mixed the soil in the MXGP circuit tracks with rice husks. This technique will make the track less dusty when the racers speed up on it with their motorbikes," Hendrar said on Tuesday after inspecting the circuit, slated to host the race from July 12-14.
With less dust, it would also make the spectators safer and more comfortable as they watch the race, he said.
The 2018 MXGP of Asia held in the same location attracted some 1,500 foreign motocross enthusiasts, the Semarang major said.
"This will be an awesome track. It has wide and high jumping tracks. The track is also mixed with rice husk that makes it stay puffy along the way," the Yamaha team said in its social media account to hail the circuit built in Semarang for MXGP Asia this year.
The circuit sits in 30 hectares of area with 1.7 kilometers of track and width ranging from 12 to 27 meters, a 100-meter straight track, 20 handicaps including double and triple jumping points, two camel turns and other difficult turn points for the racers.
At least 41 top motocross racers from 18 countries have been confirmed for the event, including the defending champion Jeffrey Herlings from the Netherlands and Tim Gajser who just won the 2019 MXGP held in Palembang.