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MotoGP continues to record increasing onsite crowds

MotoGP continues to record increasing onsite crowds

MotoGP continues to record increasing onsite crowds

The MotoGP World Championship continued its rise towards the pinnacle of world motorsport in 2003 with new record crowds flocking to its 16 events held on five continents. With the latest generation four-stroke 990cc prototype machines filling the grid, the popularity of the sport continued to boom as weekend crowds swelled over the course of the year to an almighty total of 1,7 million – a 4% rise on the previous season.

This increase represents that an average of more than 106.000 people attended each of the events. Significant rises were noted at the Cinzano British Grand Prix at Donington Park, with a 18% increase on race-day and a total of over 107,000 fans for the weekend and the Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at Sachsenring, which welcomed a season record of 204,000, 10% more than the previous year.

Race-day crowds soared over the season, with a total increase of 144,000 fans representing a 15% rise on 2002. One of the highest race-day increases was at the Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia, where a crowd of 73,000 enjoyed Ducati's return to Grand Prix racing and an historic all-Italian home podium of Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi and Max Biaggi.

At many events the qualifying sessions proved to be almost as interesting the racing, with major crowds on Friday and Saturday – particularly at the Gran Premio Marlboro de España at Jerez. The first European round of the season at the Spanish circuit enjoyed the highest crowd for a qualifying session, with 71,600 fans witnessing the final fight for grid positions, before welcoming a record 128,000 for the race. Six months later the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana almost improved on that total, as 121,000 enthusiasts witnessed the final race of a memorable 2003 season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

MotoGP, 2003

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