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Ducati is furious because the team’s cargo box in Mandalika was illegally opened

An unpleasant issue came from WorldSBK ahead of the Indonesia Series at the Mandalika Circuit . On Wednesday (11/10/2021), Speedweek reported that Ducati Corse was furious because the Aruba.it Racing Ducati cargo box was illegally opened by track employees of the promoter Mandalika Grand Prix Association ( MGPA ).

As is known, WorldSBK Indonesia will be held at the Mandalika Circuit on 19-21 November. Cargo for the teams participating in WorldSBK, WorldSSP, and Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) arrived in Mandalika, Lombok, on Tuesday (9/11/2021) night, flown from Doha, Qatar.

Unfortunately, there was an embarrassing incident that occurred, namely the Aruba.it Racing Ducati cargo box was opened illegally by one of the employees.

The Perpetrator Has Been Fired
Speedweek stated that an MGPA employee on duty at the Mandalika Circuit was caught opening the Ducati cargo box in a video and several photos circulating. The cargo box opened contains the Panigale V4R motorcycle belonging to Italian racer Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

In fact, these cargo boxes can only be opened by the excise office and team members in order to avoid cheating in the WorldSBK technical regulations. Sporting Director Ducati Corse, Paolo Ciabatti, was reportedly furious due to this incident.

It is not yet known if any of the other teams’ cargo boxes were also illegally opened. However, WorldSBK Executive Director, Gregorio Lavilla, apologized for this negligence and said the MGPA employee had been fired. “We’re really sorry. This incident is beyond our control. The employee has been fired,” he said.

According to an Antara report , on Tuesday, the logistics needs of WorldSBK, WorldSSP, and IATC were transported by a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 Freighter cargo plane with flight number QR8872 and landed at Lombok International Airport, Praya.

Logistics Carried In Waves
“The logistics are carried in waves, both through air transportation and water transportation routes. The types of motorbikes that come start from 500cc to 1000cc,” said Happy K Harianto, Director of Strategic and Communications, who also said that this logistics was transported by container trucks to circuit.

According to Happy K Harianto, the trucks contained motorcycle racers and their spare parts, team communication tools, TV and video equipment, as well as logistics from Dorna Sports as the main promoter of WorldSBK.

Meanwhile, the logistics carried by water transportation include Pirelli tires, oil, and motorcycle fuel. “The number of motorcycle racers who have arrived is 70 units, and 26 for the IATC,” said Happy K Harianto.

The racers and crew of WorldSBK and IATC itself began to arrive in Indonesia. However, they must undergo quarantine for three days in Jakarta first. After the quarantine ends, then they will leave for Lombok.

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WorldSBK Bikes and Racing Equipment Have Arrived in Mandalika

The Director of Strategic and Communication of the Mandalika Grand Prix Association ( MGPA ) as the promoter of WorldSBK Indonesia, Happy K Harianto , confirmed that the motorbikes and all the equipment of the participating teams had arrived at the Mandalika Circuit .

As is known, the circuit, which is located in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, will host WorldSBK participants and host the Indonesian Series racing week on 19-21 November 2021.

According to reports Antara, Tuesday (09/11/2021), logistical purposes WorldSBK carried off by air cargo Qatar Airways Boeing 777 Freighter flight number QR8872 and landed in Lombok International Airport, Praya.

Logistics Sent By Air and Air
Happy K Harianto also stated that the logistics for WorldSBK, as well as the Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC) which will be the supporting event, had arrived on Tuesday night from Doha, Qatar.

“The logistics are carried in waves, both through air transportation and water transportation routes. The types of motorbikes that come are from 500cc to 1000cc,” said Happy K Harianto.

After that, this logistics is sent to the Mandalika Circuit and arranged in the paddock and garage. Happy K Harianto said all equipment was sent there using container trucks.

Crew and Racers Undergo Quarantine in Jakarta
According to Happy K Harianto, the trucks contained motorcycle racers and their spare parts , team communication tools, TV and video equipment, as well as logistics from Dorna Sports as the main promoter of WorldSBK.

Meanwhile, the logistics carried by water transportation include Pirelli tires, oil, and motorcycle fuel. “The number of motorcycle racers who have arrived is 70 units, and 26 for the IATC,” said Happy K Harianto.

The racers and crew of WorldSBK and IATC itself began to arrive in Indonesia. However, they must undergo quarantine for three days in Jakarta first. After the quarantine ends, then they will leave for Lombok.