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MotoGP registers record attendances in first half of season

MotoGP registers record attendances in first half of season

MotoGP registers record attendances in first half of season

The excitement of the 2004 MotoGP World Championship has exceeded all expectations in the first half of the season, with Valentino Rossi's shock switch from Honda to Yamaha opening up an intense battle for his crown. With nine rounds gone there have been four different winners – as well as a whole host of emerging riders looking to stake their claim for victory in the final seven races.

Whilst television coverage is enjoyed live by millions across the world, the chance to get a closer look at the thrilling track action and experience a golden age of MotoGP racing first hand has attracted record crowds to the nine circuits visited so far. The boom in interest in MotoGP is no more evident than in Great Britain, which hosted the ninth round of the series three weeks ago.

Some 129,738 people came to Donington over the course of the weekend, including 82,091 on race day. This overall figure was up by over 22,000 on last year and a staggering 104,000 on the same event in 2000.

Elsewhere, massive increases have been noted at Mugello, which was up 13,000 on race day alone, and Catalunya, where the weekend total rose 21,000 on last year to 168,498. However, the record attendance so far this season goes to Jerez, who welcomed 206,936 fans over the course of the weekend, including 124,933 on race day despite a torrential storm.

On average, weekend crowds have been up by 9,000 people at every round so far this season, and with the MotoGP title fight set to go down to the final round at Valencia, where record ticket sales are already being reported, there is every indication that this could go up even further – marking a truly memorable season for the sport.

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MotoGP, 2004

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