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MotoGP 2022 Spectators: Germany top, Mugello drop, 2.4 million total | MotoGP

Official MotoGP figures credit a total of 2,427,928 trackside fans over 19 of the 20 rounds (COTA did not provide attendance figures), with a peak of 232,002 for the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring and a low of 17,972 fans in Qatar.

The weekend figures are calculated by adding the Friday, Saturday and Sunday attendance, meaning spectators present for more than one day are counted twice or three times.

Race day attendance avoids that issue, topped by Le Mans (110,103) and Assen (104,244), but the biggest races might have been even higher without hitting their ‘sold out’ cap.

While the behind-closed-door races and low spectator limits of 2020 and some 2021 events were removed, some of the grands prix that traditionally attract international fans remained disadvantaged by visa restrictions and high flight prices in 2022.

The first season since Valentino Rossi’s retirement also saw eight-time world champion Marc Marquez miss seven events due to injuries.

On the other hand, some circuits allowed fans to redeem tickets purchased (but unused) for the previous two seasons.

 

2022 MotoGP spectator attendance
Event Fri Sat Sun Total
Losail, Qatar 5,627 5,690 6,655 17,972
Mandalika, Indonesia 9,857 30,021 62,923 102,801
Termas, Argentina 56,008 63,659 67,092 186,759
COTA, USA N/A N/A N/A N/A
Portimao, Portugal 14,797 17,453 43,650 75,900
Jerez, Spain 19,972 44,997 58,132 123,101
Le Mans, France 49,992 65,005 110,003 225,000
Mugello, Italy 10,815 19,602 43,661 74,078
Catalunya, Spain 16,132 38,374 60,068 114,574
Sachsenring, Germany 50,786 86,202 95,214 232,202
Assen, Netherlands 23,574 30,480 104,244 158,298
Silverstone, Great Britain 26,501 32,897 41,002 100,400
Red Bull Ring, Austria 30,262 45,553 92,035 167,850
Misano, Italy 18,859 25,300 56,981 101,140
Aragon, Spain 19,322 29,635 37,846 86,803
Motegi, Japan 8,648 16,682 32,152 57,482
Buriram, Thailand 55,798 45,809 76,856 178,463
Phillip Island, Australia 20,150 30,811 40,197 91,158
Sepang, Malaysia 21,015 53,937 88,615 163,567
Valencia, Spain 16,374 61,840 92,166 170,380

 

2022 vs 2019

Of the 17 circuits present during both the pre-Covid 2019 season and 2022, 13 experienced a drop in spectator numbers this season, with Mugello plummeting by 65,251 weekend fans and the other Italian event at Misano by a similar 57,160.

Meanwhile, the four circuits that boosted attendance relative to 2019 were headed by Sachsenring (+31,040), followed by Le Mans, Phillip Island and Termas de Rio Hondo.

MotoGP Spectator comparison 2019 vs 2022
  2019 2022 Diff.
Losail, Qatar 32,252 17,972 -14,280
Mandalika, Indonesia N/A 102,801 N/A
Termas, Argentina 179,551 186,759 +7,208
COTA, USA 120,545 N/A N/A
Portimao, Portugal N/A 75,900 N/A
Jerez, Spain 151,513 123,101 -28,412
Le Mans, France 206,323 225,000 +18,677
Mugello, Italy 139,329 74,078 -65,251
Catalunya, Spain 157,827 114,574 -43,253
Sachsenring, Germany 201,162 232,202 +31,040
Assen, Netherlands 167,500 158,298 -9,202
Silverstone, Great Britain 114,607 100,400 -14,207
Red Bull Ring, Austria 197,315 167,850 -29,465
Misano, Italy 158,300 101,140 -57,160
Aragon, Spain 104,390 86,803 -17,587
Motegi, Japan 88,597 57,482 -31,115
Buriram, Thailand 226,655 178,463 -48,192
Phillip Island, Australia 82,850 91,158 +8,308
Sepang, Malaysia 170,778 163,567 -7,211
Valencia, Spain 176,826 170,380 -6,446

 

How does 2022 compare to previous MotoGP seasons?

This year’s figure of 2,427,928 (without COTA) puts total MotoGP attendance at a similar level to the 2013 and 2014 seasons, having peaked at 2,884,242 in 2018.

Averaging the season attendance by the number of events, gives MotoGP 2022 a figure of 127.786 per round (19, minus COTA), equating to 2006-2007 levels. The highest attendance average since 2006, when attendance data was published, is 150,962 during the 2015 season.

2023 will see the biggest-ever MotoGP calendar of 21-rounds plus the introduction of Sprint races, aimed at boosting the Saturday trackside attendance.

MotoGP Spectator attendance by Year (2006-2022)
Year Races Season Total Average per event
2006 17 2,139,413 125,848
2007 18 2,322,914 129,051
2008 18 2,416,210 134,234
2009 17 2,282,984 134,293
2010 18 2,342,830 130,157
2011 18 2,369,949 131,664
2012 18 2,217,555 123,198
2013 18 2,433,763 135,209
2014 18 2,473,624 137,424
2015 18 2,717,314 150,962
2016 18 2,676,632 148,702
2017 18 2,665,806 148,100
2018 19 2,884,242 151,802
2019 18 2,686,287 149,238
2020 14* Covid
2021 18 746,401**
2022 20 2,427,928 127,786***

* 15 for Moto2/Moto3, which raced in Qatar.

** COTA not available. Six events were held without any spectators and others took place with minimal attendance allowed due to Covid restrictions.

*** Average calculated over 19 rounds due to lack of data for COTA.

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