Sunday 5th March the MXGP of Indonesia kicked off at the track of Pangkal Pinang with tens of thousands of fans welcoming the MXGP Paddock. In fact an opening ceremony was arranged before MXGP and MX2 Warm up with Youthstream Vice President David Luongo and FIM/CMS Director Tony Skillington together with State Minister for Youth and Sport Mr. Imam Nahrawi, Governor of the Island Mr. Ruston Effendi and the Mayor of Pangkal Pinang Mohammad Irwansyah who welcomed the great public onsite and opened the MXGP of Indoensia with a warm speech. Later on local dancers performed along with traditional drummers in front of all in attendence.
One of the best things about Indonesia is the people. Time after time riders, teams and the media said they had never felt so welcomed before and the excitement on the island for racing was off of the charts. Whether walking down the street or at the supermarket, it didn’t matter who you were, if you were in Indonesia for the MXGP you were going to be asked for a photo or even an autograph!
The overall experience of the MXGP of Indonesia was amazing and it is one that will soon not be forgotten. The last time the FIM Motocross World Championship was in Indonesia was back in 1997; In fact 2017 will not only be remembered by the come back of the MXGP to Indonesia, but also for the first time a round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship takes place in the country.