Grand Prix is the premier class of motorcycle road racing events held on sanctioned road circuits
Translated by Yelena Kilina
The 2019 Grand Prix season consisted of 19 motorcycle racing events organised across 15 countries, including the Netherlands. The Dutch TT is traditionally organised in Drenthe, at the TT Circuit Assen, and was the most popular motorcycling day across the season, with 105,000 spectators, as reported by RTV Drenthe.
‘Actually, we can’t fit in more anymore, with 105,000 we are actually full,’ said Dutch TT chairman Arjan Bos to RTV Drenthe. ‘We can perhaps add a couple of thousands here and there to a maximum of 110,000. But the fact that it sold out was really great, and we are more than satisfied.’
The record racing day of the 89th Dutch TT in Assen took place on June 30th and left all 18 remaining Grand Prix behind. The Grand Prix of France, at the Le Mans circuit, turned out to be second most attended event with 104,500 visitors. The GP of Malaysia, at the Sepang circuit, attracted 103,850 racing fans and became third in the rating.
The most visited Grand Prix weekend, which includes both of the training days, was the GP of Thailand with over 226,000 visitors at the Buriram Circuit. Around 200,000 spectators came to the French GP weekend, and the same figure attended the German GP at the Sachsenring. Assen attracted 167,500 people across three days.
The winner of the 89th Dutch TT in Assen was Maverick Vinales from Spain. Multiple world champion Valentino Rossi caused disappointment for at least half of the fans at the TT Circuit: the Italian racer went down early on his Yamaha.