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Promising future for the French Grand Prix

Promising future for the French Grand Prix

Promising future for the French Grand Prix

The new formula MotoGP World Championship this year stirred the interest of race fans across the world, and the majority of the venues on the Grand Prix calendar saw a steep rise in attendance. The French Grand Prix at Le Mans was one of the most popular races, with the crowd swelling over the three days to a whopping 135,000.

Claude Michy, Event Promoter for the French Grand Prix since 1994, is predicting continued success at the Bugatti circuit, after seeing attendances double over the past eight years. `We decided to surround the Grand Prix with other entertainment and additional shows, with the objective of introducing a new focus for the public. The spectators are of primary importance to us and we proposed many offers around the racing. In 1994, 65% of the fans were only turning up on the Sunday, now this has dropped to just 20%. The concept of filling up the weekend with offers has borne fruit´.

`Aside from the action on the track, the public can witness concerts and other spectacles. Also, our price policies have favoured an increase in attendance with special discounts for youngsters´.

The Grand Prix at Le Mans is now one of France´s major sporting events and Michy believes it will continue to be such. `I think the French Grand Prix could be, from 2004, the most important motorcycling event in our country, ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Bol d´Or,´ he concluded.

MotoGP, 2002

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