This year’s Moto GP at Silverstone has been classed as the most successful ever.
A total of 73,456 spectators watched the action at the racetrack for the 2013 Hertz British Grand Prix.
Following attendances of 53,250 for qualifying on Saturday and 32,300 for practice on Friday, the 159,006 three-day crowd was the highest in almost 20 years. Organisers said it was also a record for MotoGP races.
Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Ltd, said: “We’ve seen record crowds over the three days here at Silverstone and have been treated to some sensational racing.
“We’ve had fantastic weather and the fans’ support has been tremendous all weekend. They’ve really played their part in making this year’s British Grand Prix one of the best in years.”
Race winner Scott Redding, who extended his lead at the top of the Moto2 World Championship, said: “I’ve had an amazing reception here this weekend and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.”
Marking 10 years since the death of Barry Sheene, Silverstone also hosted a well-received tribute parade to honour one of Britain’s most popular and successful motorcycle racers.
Taking place between the Moto2 and MotoGP races on Sunday, the parade featured several of Barry’s family, former teammates and rivals, riding a selection of the bikes that the two-time World Champion rode during an illustrious career.
The riders included Sheene’s son Freddie, brother-in-law Paul Smart, nephew Scott Smart, former teammate Steve Parrish, Niall MacKenzie and his son, Taylor MacKenzie.
Friend and former on-track rival, Randy Mamola, also supported the tribute, as did Barry’s daughter, Sidonie Sheene.