MGPA Clarifies Issue on Illegal Unboxing of Ducati Cargo in Mandalika



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA) has spoken out about issues on the illegal opening of a Ducati cargo box ahead of the upcoming 2021 World Superbike (WSBK) in Mandalika of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.

    Happy Harinto, MGPA's Director of Strategic and Communications, said the opening of the motorbike box belonging to participants of Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup and 2021 WSBK was part of the customs clearance process.

    He explained that all goods brought to Indonesia must go through inspection before obtaining the permit for use. “During the inspection, the box was opened by the forwarder and witnessed by Dorna and customs clearance authorities,” said Happy in a written statement, Thursday, November 11.

    The illegal unboxing taking place in Pertamina Mandalika Circuit sparked public outrage. Ducati’s sports director Paolo Ciabatti as quoted from Speedweek was furious over the opening of the factory rider Michael Rinaldi’s motorcycle.

    The act was considered immoderate as only customs officials authorized to open the crates, besides the riders’ team, to prevent industrial espionage and tampering, said the SBK’s executive director Gregorio Lavilla.

    WSBK Mandalika is scheduled to take place on November 19-21, 2021. MGPA assessed the logistics inspection was also aimed at ensuring that the goods are in accordance with the master list. 

    “It is very unfortunate that when the inspection was carried out, there was an outsider who did not understand the process taking pictures and videos that went viral,” said Happy, adding that the video uploader was not an MGPA employee.

    Tempo is unable to verify the report independently.

    Read: Mandalika Circuit Finalizes Preparation Ahead of WSBK Debut