Indonesia hosted a motorcycle race series final on Dec. 19 that will also be broadcast in 25 countries in more than 100 countries on the Internet in 2019. (The “unboxing” video above is from an unofficial channel on YouTube.)
The Jeep Superbike Final on the recently built Indian Motorcycle race track in Indonesia has attracted many of the biggest names in motorsports. There’s Fernando Alonso, Luka Magnussen, Rohan Dennis, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Biaggi, Danny Kent and Charles Pic to name just a few. Some of the former World Championship series from around the world participate in the event as guest drivers, as do support drivers from motorsports schools around Indonesia.
For the first time ever, Indonesian riders take part in the final with 10 of the country’s best amateurs; the series makes stops in other countries while in Indonesia.
The Jeep Superbike Final is part of the TRI3 League of motorcycle racing events that Bike International hosts in various countries, often with Mazda-sponsored Japanese bikes. This year TRI3 held a Grand Prix at the Circus Circus Arena in Dubai, which is returning again in 2021 and covering all four seasons.
The Jeep Superbike Final is the middle event, before the three-round return tour to Dubai (again, only part of the series) and is built on a single TT race track that covers 7.8 kilometers (4.75 miles) in two laps over a full distance.
Indonesia is a world motorcycling destination (although it has yet to host the World Championship), but there is much to learn about motorcycling in the Asia-Pacific region. There are dedicated race tracks throughout Indonesia, and regular professional and amateur events, such as the Indian Motorcycle Show that takes place annually at the Autograph Center Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Bike International, of course, hosts events and road courses throughout Asia.
A typical Bike International event, made up of panels, speed and competition and a primary focus is motorcycling education. There are also more established criterium courses, commonly referred to as “street circuits,” and freestyle races on urban tracks.
If you are interested in learning more about what is possible in motorcycling from many sources, look for Bike International events at http://bikeinternational.org/, www.tionline.org.hk or www.cyclerailroad.com.