MotoGP witnesses attendance increase on pre-pandemic figures

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MotoGP’s season has successfully raced its way towards the finish line and a place on the podium, thanks to a major attendance boost for the first 12 Grands Prix of 2023.

The addition of the Tissot Sprint on this year’s motorcycle race calendar has helped to increase attendance, as fans are able to see riders push themselves to the limit without worrying about issues that may affect the longer race on a Sunday. 

And the good news does not end there, post-pandemic grandstand attendances have not only witnessed recovery by 2023, but have also increased on 2019. 

Of the 11 Grands Prix for which data is available, all but one event saw a significant rise in attendance, including highlights of more than 80% or 60% for some race weekends. Nearly half of the events are up by more than 30%, according to MotoGP. 

This year has seen the all-time record attendance set at Le Mans, where almost 280,000 fans flocked to Northwestern France across the weekend. This was also a 23.9% on 2022’s attendance at Le Mans. 

June’s German Grand Prix was the highest-attended sporting event in Germany so far this year, and provided an all-time record crowd for the sport at the Sachsenring circuit, with nearly a quarter of a million people in attendance across the weekend. 

The total number of fans that have come to watch MotoGP trackside during the first half of 2023 is also an all-time record for the sport. Available data has demonstrated that more than 1.6 million spectators attended race weekends by the half-way mark. 

MotoGP will next head to Indonesia’s Mandalika International Street Circuit from October 13-15.

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