GALLERY: WorldSBK stars take part in the Mandalika Cultural Carnival on Lombok island

Wednesday, 1 March 2023 12:34 GMT

As WorldSBK heads to Lombok for the Indonesian Round, riders from the paddock took part in a local carnival

With the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship paddock gathering on Lombok island for the Motul Indonesian Round, some riders headed to Kuta Beach to take part in a local carnival to celebrate the cultural diversity of the island. The Mandalika Cultural Carnival usually takes place in February or March and this year coincides with the arrival of WorldSBK with riders taking part in the event.

Philipp Oettl (Team GoEleven), Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing), Hafizh Syahrin (PETRONS MIE Racing HONDA Team), Lorenzo Baldassarri (GMT94 Yamaha), Nicholas Spinelli (VFT Racing Yamaha), Bahattin Sofuoglu (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Adam Norrodin (PETRONAS MIE MS Racing HONDA Team) and Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) all headed to Kuta Beach for the carnival which allowed fans to meet their heroes and get their autographs.

The 2023 carnival features five different city regencies performing parades on public roads mixing their cultural attractions and traditional clothing of each region. The riders at the carnival, which celebrates the Bau Nyale Festival, were presented with a traditional scarf from Lombok as well as a headband, called a Sapuk, as part of the carnival. Check out photos from the gallery at the top of this article.

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