Moto GP has announced that a record-breaking 297,471 attended the 2024 Michelin Grand Prix de France at Le Mans last weekend.

The record-breaking Grand Prix (GP) has become the highest-attended GP in history. The event surpassed the previous record of 278,805 attendees of the 2023 French GP, which was the 1,000th GP.

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports, stated: “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.

“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.”

This landmark achievement comes at a pivotal point for rights holder Dorna Sports. The American mass media company Liberty Media announced in April that it will acquire Moto GP from Dorna Sports in a move valued at €4.2bn. 

Ezpeleta concluded: “As for the fans, they are equally committed to the sport and show that every time we go out on track. They are young and diverse, reflecting the power of MotoGP to engage with a wide audience and create a powerful connection.

“As we look to grow the sport around the world, this is proof of concept that MotoGP is for everyone – and once you hear the engines roar out of pitlane, you know it’s for you.

“Thank you, Le Mans, for sharing your astounding passion with us as we continue to make history. It is our pleasure to share the stage with you in the world’s most exciting sport.”

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