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MotoGP establishes new onsite crowd records

MotoGP establishes new onsite crowd records

MotoGP establishes new onsite crowd records

The MotoGP World Championship registered an average of over 100,000 onsite spectators per Grand Prix in a 2002 season which saw a total of 1,698,312 fans attend the 16 rounds of the series. This represents a rise of 111,704 on last year and a 10% increase on the spectator total for a season which signed off at Valencia last week under the gaze of 119,886 fans at the Ricardo Tormo circuit. The 100,000 spectator average per Grand Prix consolidates the position of the championship amongst the most highly attended sports in the world.

The Grands Prix which saw the highest increase in crowd figures on race day were at Donington Park and Le Mans. The Cinzano British Grand Prix was supported by 20,655 spectators more than the previous season whilst the Grand Prix de France was up 13,133 on last year. At Donington the increase represented a rise of around 50% and was a clear indication of the impact made by the introduction of four-stroke machinery to MotoGP.$$$

Another notable rise took place in the numbers of spectators attending the two days of qualifying practice at each Grand Prix, where Great Britain and France once again enjoyed the biggest swell. Taking into account the number of spectators registered over the three days, the Cinzano British Grand Prix was up 34,879, closely followed by France with 23,430 and the Gauloises Dutch TT with an extra 17,515.

The highest attended Grand Prix was the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana, which welcomed a total of 215,019 spectators, followed closely by the Gran Premio Marlboro de España at Jerez. The first day of practice at the final round of the season at Valencia was followed by no fewer than 30,000 spectators.

MotoGP, 2002

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