News has emerged that Malaysia’s ASEAN neighbour, Indonesia, has inked a deal with MotoGP organiser Dorna to hold a road circuit race from 2021 to 2023. Reported by motorsport.com, a contract was signed 21 January in Madrid, Spain, between Dorna and the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).

The new road circuit, located in the Mandalika area in Lombok, is said to be 4.32 km long and will have 18 corners. FIM Safety Officer Franco Uncini has given approval for the circuit, which will be constructed from scratch and not use pre-existing roads.

When the circuit is not in use, it will be opened as a regular highway, said Abdulbar M. Mansoer, president director of ITDC. Construction of the circuit will begin in September 2019 and work will be carried out by French company Vinci Construction.

There are 19 races in the 2019 MotoGP calendar with Kymiring in Finland supposed to be in this year’s calendar. Should Kymiring enter the MotoGP schedule, perhaps by 2020, the addition of Lombok will bring the calendar to 21 races.