JAKARTADAILY.ID – PT Indonesia Tourism Development, or ITDC, hired and trained as many as 338 local residents to become special circuit officers or marshalls.
These marshalls will be taking part in the third official test of the 2022 MotoGP pre-season at the Mandalika Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara over this weekend, from February 11 to 13.
Previously, the 338 residents had attended the training held by ITDC with the Central Indonesian Motor Association (IMI) and IMI NTB as training instructors. A total of 198 of them have been involved in the World Superbike 2021, on November 20, 2021, at the Mandalika Circuit. Then, they re-registered on January 28-30, 2022.
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Then 69 other marshalls were newly recruited, 51 of them were members of Brimob, and 20 people from the National Search and Rescue Agency, according to a statement published by the ITDC on Thursday.
The process of recruiting local residents involved the NTB automotive community and the Youth Organization of Pujut District. Meanwhile, members of Brimob and Basarnas were recruited to serve as radiomen.
ITDC carried out classroom training on February 5, conducted field practice, and distributed posts on February 6, 2022. Then on February 10, 2022, a MotoGP racing simulation was carried out. Especially for new marshalls from Brimob and Karang Taruna, they have received additional training portions on February 7, 2022.
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President Director of the Mandalika Grand Prix Association, a subsidiary of ITDC, Priandhi Satria said that meeting the need for quality marshalls is crucial in organizing an automotive racing event. "Therefore, under the coordination of Central IMI and NTB IMI have also provided training to improve the skills of the marshalls we recruited," said the man who is familiarly called Andhi.
Andhi added that these marshalls are volunteers. "We want to cultivate a spirit of belonging and pride in their own territory. So, they have a big role in the course of a racing event. This is an international event that we should be proud of together," said this former senior journalist for automotive sports.
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The voices of the marshalls
One of the marshalls, Ki Agus said, he participated in this recruitment and training because he had a hobby in the automotive field. "Besides having a hobby in the automotive sector, I want to make Central Lombok proud by becoming a Marshall volunteer at the Mandalika Circuit," he said.
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