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MotoGP television audiences continue to rise

MotoGP television audiences continue to rise

MotoGP television audiences continue to rise

Television audiences for the MotoGP World Championships have experienced a notable increase throughout the first half of this 2003 season. The latest reference point is this past weekend's Cinzano British Grand Prix, which took place at Donington Park. The race represented the first live transmission of a MotoGP race on the BBC, and the British public television corporation had the highest audience it has ever experienced for the broadcast of any motorcycle competition. The Grand Prix peaked at 1.5 million viewers and had a 23.2% share.

However the outstanding figures are not solely limited to the United Kingdom. In Italy, the thrilling battle for the lead between Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi was followed through Italia 1 by an audience of 3.8 million viewers, representing a share of 34.27%. The record so far in Italy this season belongs to the round held in Mugello, with 6.2 million viewers and a 40.9% market share.

In Spain the MotoGP race at Donington Park was followed on Televisión Española by a share of 23.4%, while the first victory of Hector Barbera's young 125cc career had 24.6%. The best audience share of the season came during the Gran Premio Marlboro de España in Jerez, with 28%. In France, the sole event that has been broadcasted live through France Television so far this season, the Polini Grand Prix de France, reached the 1.7 million mark and a 15.5% share.

The MotoGP World Championship continues with the Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, the ninth round of the sixteen round series, which will take place at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany on the weekend of July 25th to 27th.

MotoGP, 2003

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