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MotoGP crowds on the rise again in 2004

MotoGP crowds on the rise again in 2004

MotoGP crowds on the rise again in 2004

The MotoGP World Championship recorded record onsite crowds once again in 2004, with increased figures at all but one of the sixteen rounds and an average total rise of over 10% on corresponding Grand Prix attendances from the previous season.

Valentino Rossi's historic first season with Yamaha proved to be an irresistible pull to MotoGP fans all over the world, 1.7 million of whom who flocked to traditional venues across five continents as well as a new home for the series at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar.

Whilst the Qatar race made MotoGP accessible to a whole new public sector in the Middle East, established circuits such as Mugello, Catalunya, Sachsenring, Donington Park, Brno and Valencia welcomed unprecedented levels of support.

Indeed, it was the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske Republiky at Brno in July which recorded the highest increase, with an incredible rise of 22,766 fans on race day alone and a weekend total of 104,719 – almost 30,000 more than the previous season.

Weekend increases of more than 20% were recorded at the Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia, at Mugello, and the Cinzano British Grand Prix, at Donington Park, whilst the Camel Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi and the Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang also noted significantly improved attendances.

Despite being washed out by rain on race day the traditionally popular opening European round, the Gran Premio Marlboro de España at Jerez, still attracted record crowds in excess of 200,000 people.

However, Spanish enthusiasm went overboard at the final round in Valencia, where a capacity race-day crowd of 122,034 boosted the overall attendance for the Gran Premio Marlboro de la Comunitat Valenciana to a massive 211,468 as local hero Dani Pedrosa celebrated his coronation as the 250cc World Champion.

The Veltins Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at Sachsenring was the third event in the season to score over the 200,000 spectators mark for the three days of action.

MotoGP, 2004

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