JAKARTA, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of its MotoGP circuit in September in West Nusa Tenggara province, a state firm said on Wednesday.
The street circuit, with a 4.32-kilometer track and 18 turns, will be constructed over 106 hectares of land in Mandalika to facilitate the world-class prestigious race in 2021, said Lalu Gita Ariadi, commissioner of PT Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation, a state-owned company operating in the tourism sector.
"We will hold a groundbreaking in September," Lalu said in the province.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who expects the construction of the circuit to be on schedule, will conduct the groundbreaking, the commissioner said. Lalu was upbeat that the construction of the circuit will be in line with the schedule and is expected to be finished in December next year.
Indonesia won a contract to stage MotoGP for 3 years, commencing from 2021, defeating potential hosts Brazil.
President Joko Widodo said he hoped that the completion of the construction next year would convince MotoGP of Indonesia's capability.
To support the MotoGP race, the Indonesian government has built roads, an airport, a hospital, and other infrastructure facilities.