The unfamiliar location of Sumbawa, Indonesia will be the host of the 12th round of the 2022 MXGP World Championship, where Team HRC rider Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans will be racing on a completely new circuit, built specifically for this event.
Located on the island east of Lombok, the logistical undertaking to get everything in place for this round has been considerable, but having not visited this region since 2019, when Gajser won both rounds, it was important to return here and give the large contingent of Honda riders in Indonesia something to cheer about.
In 2019 the rounds were held in Palembang and Semarang, but the images coming from Sumbawa suggest this could be the most impressive track the MXGP series has visited in the country, with the entire facility purpose-built, featuring not just a motocross track but room for a large festival too. And hopefully that will mean a large number of the local population turn up and give this an exciting atmosphere, with Gajser and teammate Mitch Evans likely to be the fan-favourites.
Both riders had good events in Germany, with the #243 winning the GP and extending his championship lead to 101 points with eight rounds remaining. It was his seventh win in 11 rounds a further proof that he is still the rider to beat after a couple of tough outings. Meanwhile Evans had his season-best points tally of 28, so both of them will be heading to Sumbawa with confidence, and ready to take on this beautifully prepared circuit for what should be a typically hot and humid race, that will hopefully avoid the rain that has plagued previous Indonesian rounds.
The weekend is schedule is slightly changed for this overseas round, with the Saturday qualifying race taking place at 16:10 local time (10:10 CET) and the two Sunday gate-drops happening at 13:15 and 16:10 (07:15 and 10:10 CET).