On Wednesday, a group of MotoGP riders met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the state palace in Jakarta, ahead of the second round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, which takes place this weekend.
MotoGP riders rallied from the Merdeka Palace, Central Jakarta, Wednesday, for a motorcade parade going through Medan Merdeka Barat Road and finishing at the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout, the Palace’s south ahead of Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia.
Before the motorcade, President Joko Widodo facilitated the 20 MotoGP racers at a crowd of people in the Merdeka Palace. The president from that point flagged off the racers to begin the motorcade.
MotoGP will make its 25th appearance at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, bringing the country back into the spotlight for motorsport fans.
Joko Widodo stated at the occasion that all 60 thousand tickets for the event had been sold out.
Apart from the riders, Dorna Sports chief executive officer Carmelo Ezpeleta and chief sporting officer Carlos Ezpeleta, the president also unveiled his green custom motorcycle, a Kawasaki W175.
20 riders including Marc Marquez, Francesco Bagnaia, Johann Zarco, Alex Marquez and Joan Mir then, at that point, hit the roads of the capital city in an exceptional motorcade waved off by Joko Widodo.
The MotoGP racers’ caravan was monitored by police and military officials, and many bike riders from different bicycle networks additionally joined the motorcade behind the racers.
While gradually riding their bikes, the MotoGP riders welcomed and waved out to the fans and media teams watching the procession along the three-kilometer stretch of street.
Prior to the event, the Greater Jakarta Police had affirmed that the Medan Merdeka Barat Road, MH Thamrin Road, and Hotel Indonesia Roundabout will be shut from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. neighborhood time (UTC +7) for the MotoGP racers’ motorcade.
The territorial police’s Traffic Director Senior Commissioner, Sambodo Purnomo Yogo, expressed that the main road towards the south street segment from the Palace to the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout will be shut, while the opposite toward the north segment will stay open.