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History made at Le Mans with new MotoGP attendance record

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Last weekend’s Grand Prix de France has become the best attended event in MotoGP history. 

A record-breaking attendance of 297,471 fans watched from the stands across the weekend at the Bugatti Circuit, which is located within the historic Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans, also known as Circuit de la Sarthe.

The total broke the previous record set at the 2023 French GP, where 278,805 fans celebrated the 1,000th MotoGP Grand Prix.

“The atmosphere in Le Mans is legendary and for good reason. The incredible roar from the crowd is one of the purest expressions of passion for sport in the world and it’s a privilege to hear it,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports.

“After Le Mans set a new all-time attendance record last season, the benchmark was high but the 2024 French GP delivered. Nearly 300,000 people across the weekend is absolutely incredible, and it is testament to the world-class work undertaken by PHA Claude Michy every year.

“The event is exactly what we want every time we race: stunning racing on track that fills the grandstands, paired with a full agenda of activities and entertainment to make every minute of the weekend something special for every fan. We thank Claude and his team for their commitment to MotoGP.”

The announcement follows last month’s mistake, where it was announced that the Spanish Grand Prix had become the best-attended race in MotoGP history. Dorna Sports miscalculated the attendance of the race in Jerez by more than 100,000 people.

Originally it was revealed that almost 300,000 had been in attendance at Circuito de Jerez-Angel Niet, before Dorna corrected this figure to 181,289 fans.

MotoGP will next head to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Gran Premi de Catalunya from May 24-26.

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