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MotoGP, GP Indonesia 2022: numbers, statistics, curiosities. The race returns after 25 years. Italy craves a top-class victory


This week MotoGP will return to the Far East for the first time since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The last race held in this geographical area dates back to 20 October 2019, as it was not possible to stage any event in both 2020 and 2021. Curiously, the World Championship does not return to Southeast Asia in a known context , but on a completely new track, since after a quarter of a century we will return to see the Indonesian Grand Prix .

This event had already entered the world championship calendar in the mid-90s. At the time it was run in Sentul , on Java Island, but the event was short-lived. After two editions, dated 1996 and 1997, the test was canceled due to the economic difficulties generated by the so-called “Asian Financial Crisis” of 1997-1998. Indonesia therefore remained away from the geography of the World Championship for two decades, until construction began on the Mandalika International Street Circuit , located in the province of West Nusa Tenggara, not far from Bali. The completion of the track and the strong interest of the local organizers have therefore allowed the MotoGP to return to the Indonesian archipelago after 25 years.

For the record, the two 500cc races had as many different winners. In 1996 the Australian Mick Doohan triumphed, preceding the Brazilian Alex Barros and the Italian Loris Capirossi , who slipped his Yamaha between a Honda wetsuit. In 1997, however, the Golden Wing House monopolized the podium. The Japanese Tadayuki Okada was able to beat the aforementioned Doohan in the sprint, back from 10 consecutive wins, while Alex Crivillé took the lowest step of the podium.

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The Italian affirmations arrived only in the lower classes, both in 1997, when Valentino Rossi won in the 125cc and Max Biaggi won in the 250cc. The triumph of the Roman was however extremely significant, because it was decisive for the conquest of the fourth consecutive World Cup in the quarter-liter.

The Indonesian was the penultimate race of the season, to which the Black Corsair arrived occupying the third position in the world championship standings. Ralf Waldmann (214 points) and Tetsuya Harada (211) were in fact ahead of Biaggi (205), who however dominated the scene, while the Japanese did not go beyond fourth place and the German lived one of the most difficult days of his season, ranking only seventh.

In this way Max reversed the situation , taking the lead of the absolute ranking with 230 points, against 224 for Harada and 223 for Waldmann. The Black Corsair completed the job with second place in the next Australian GP, ​​becoming 250cc Champion for the fourth time in a row, the first with Honda after the three world crowns obtained with Aprilia.

1996 – Mick DOOHAN (AUS) {Honda}
1997 – Tadayuki OKADA (JPN) {Honda}

1996 – Tetsuya HARADA (JPN) {Yamaha}
1997 – Max BIAGGI (ITA) {Honda}

1996 – Masaki TOKUDOME (JPN) {Aprilia}
1997 – Valentino ROSSI (ITA) {Aprilia}