MotoGP attendance slips

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Attendance fell for the second straight year at the Indianapolis MotoGP, days after it was announced that the motorcycle-racing event would return in 2011.

A total of 136,184 spectators attended the three days of action at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sunday's total attendance of 62,794 fell from 75,130 last year, when the combined total for the weekend was 146,680.

The three-day total for the first event in 2008 was about 170,000.


  • So True
    Mike Lewis gets it RIGHT. This is a sport that you want to see up and close. Bring back the Turn 7 Terrace Seating, and work on installing seating in the other corners. When you sit outside the track, it can literally be a 3 mile walk to go into the vendor and paddock areas. Moto2 was a welcome addition this year on a positive note. Attendance is down for all motorsports. Even NASCAR, which was once booming, cannot sell out tracks such as Bristol.
  • Burl Hatterley
    Give me a break...IMS is not going anywhere. The speedway has never asked for any cash from the state and would if it actually needed it to keep it afloat. Plus you're insane if you think the city or the state would let it slip away...Try again.
  • Roll out the big dogs
    2 parts here:

    1. You (the IBJ) can point me to how many articles leading up top the event this year? I can't seem to find them. And in particular, Anthony Schoettle's blog made ZERO mention of it this year, but instead carried countless weekly IMS press clippings of IndyCar. Where is the "get behind what is good for the city" attitude? Do you need me to write things and submit them? Its clear that this event is important to the local economy, and it is the business of sports....

    2. Because the IRL is such a failure, don't you see this is having an effect on this race? The "sunday SUNDAY SSUUNNDDAAYY!" type TV ads they ran were embarrassing. The IMS management and in particular their "Marketing" department have driven away the F1 race, most of the Indy500 fans, and are working on destroying what is left of the Brickyard. They need to clean house and hire professionals. You want a cause for declining attendance? How about lack of PR and paid media, and also sending out the wrong message that this is some sort of "supercross" event. IMS gets it wrong more than Dave Calabro.

    Finally, the group of a dozen or so I was with had 3 newbies in tow....and you know what? Hands down this event beats anything offered by the IRL or NASCAR, including the Indy 500.

    :throws chicken bucket on track:
  • MotoGP
    This is a niche-market race...the MotoGP fans are for the most part die-hards and ride motorcycles to boot. The crowds are NOT going to be the size of Indy 500 or even the Brickyard. The racing is not boring like Nascar...did anyone notice the crowd was not rowdy? The Speedway needs to put butts in the seats where the action is and close the rest of the stands. My wife an I have attended all three events and will be back next year.
    As far as IMS looking for other races, how about an IRL race on the road course in the fall?
    • MotoGP coverage
      IBJ has published nearly 30 articles, columns or blog items about or mentioning the MotoGP in recent years, including several in-depth features about the race and its impact on Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    • Really?
      I could see the 3 day number down for sure, but Sunday? Maybe I have a short memory, but the weather was terrible last year on race day (cold/windy). There is no way there were more bodies at IMS last year on race day vs. this year. Tickets sold, maybe. But bums in the seats/mounds...no way. Took us an hour and a half to get home, that is a first for us at this event.
    • Oh yeah?
      Still more loyal fans, and more fans on practice and quals days than anything the .1RL offers. See, these are RACE fans, not PLACE fans.

      Maybe if you would write some stories going into the event, and not just some regurgitated IMS press feeding, you might help get fans attention to the sport and event. Anthony writes 34,821 articles on the hapless .1RL, and ZERO about the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP?

      You seem to be part of the problem here.
      • Not surprised
        Racing is so over with at IMS. Even the bikes. The place has run its course, no pun intended. We are living in a time in which we are seeing a famous race track in its final years and a sport, Indy Car racing, ending soon before our very eyes. The bikes are only filler. And the Speedway knows that signing them up gives an illusion that the place will continue on. The truth of the matter is this: The IMS is going to be sold for redevelopment and it will happen soon after the 2011 calendar. IMS is done.

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