After a 25-year break, the MotoGP World Championship is returning to Indonesia but unlike the 1996 and 1997 editions raced at Sentul, this time the event will be held at the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit. According to the Brembo technicians who work closely with all 24 premium class riders, this is a moderately demanding circuit on the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it is rated 3 on the difficulty index.
The Superbike World Championship was already held on this track in November and was rated 4 on the difficulty index, higher than MotoGP. The track is treacherously windy with a very fast second section, but the longest straight section is just 507 meters (554.4 yards) long which means that riders cannot go above 320 km/h (198.8 mph).