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Tickets for Superbike World Championship race in Lombok prohibitively expensive for locals

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Whereas part of their island has been remodeled right into a world class racing circuit, native residents in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) will unlikely be amongst these in attendance when the Superbike World Championship (WSBK) burns rubber on the observe for its debut later this month.

The thirteenth spherical of the WSBK is scheduled to happen on Nov. 19-21 on the Mandalika Worldwide Avenue Circuit. Tickets for the worldwide occasion are already accessible on-line, with costs ranging from IDR795,000 and going all the way in which as much as IDR19.5 million.

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As reported by Kompas, locals within the space have been visiting the circuit not too long ago to get a glimpse of ongoing developments. Some have been seen taking pictures close to the circuit’s fences.

However that’s about as near the circuit as a lot of them would get. Herlan, a resident from East Lombok, stated tickets for the race are too costly for him, however he’s keen to fork out the sum as a result of he’s into motorcycle racing.

“The most cost effective one price IDR795,000, it’s costly for me, however as a result of that is my pastime – when else can I watch it dwell by myself island?” Herlan stated.

In the meantime, a resident from West Lombok named Juned stated he would somewhat watch the competitors on TV.

“It’s higher to purchase rice somewhat than such costly tickets, rice value that a lot can final for a month, and plus we will watch [the competition] on TV,” he stated.

“I hope that sooner or later ticket costs received’t be so costly, perhaps round IDR200,000 or 300,000, could be extra inexpensive for native residents.”

Others, like Sartika from Central Lombok, stated {that a} picture on the circuit is sufficient for now.

“I’m simply taking pictures right here, we received’t be watching [live] when the race begins, as a result of the tickets are costly,” Sartika stated.

The federal government hopes the 4.3 kilometer circuit would carry a lot of vacationers to Indonesia, particularly Lombok. Earlier than the pandemic, organizers projected that Mandalika would host round 100,000 in a single grand prix.

US$ 1 = IDR14,337

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