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French GP voted most entertaining race

French MotoGP voted most entertaining race of 2012 viewers gave MotoGP an average score of 5.6 out of 10 for entertainment during the 2012 season.

Polls were set-up after the races, asking viewers to: "Tell us exactly how entertaining you, the watching fans, thought it was by awarding a mark out of 10."

A score of 1 meant a 'dull' race and 10 'fantastic'.

The most entertaining grand prix was deemed to be the wet French Grand Prix at Le Mans (pictured), no doubt helped by the late battle for second between Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, which scored an average of 8.4 out of 10.

The next best was the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno, which produced a last turn victory showdown between title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, and an average vote of 7.5.

Voted the most tedious was the Indianapolis Grand Prix, which saw a ten-second victory for Pedrosa after an early engine failure for home star Ben Spies. The average score awarded was 3.0 out of 10.

Next dullest was the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril, where Stoner took a near lights-to-flag victory and which received a score of 4.0.

How significant is the entertainment factor in motorsport? Here are the recent words of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone:

"We have to understand that we are in the entertainment business and this year [in F1] we have entertained. All sports today are show business and it gets dangerous for a sport if people start to forget that."

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Ian S - Unregistered

December 13, 2012 4:59 AM

That's a pretty low number for the pinnacle of our sport. I wonder what the numbers would have been for Moto 2 and Moto 3, both of which were much more entertaining IMO. My favourite series of the year had to be BSB.


December 13, 2012 7:43 AM

The problem that MotoGP has is that it responded to the loss of the tobacco industry money by relying on the factories to use MotoGP to sell road bikes. That was fine in 2004, the world had money, and MotoGP had Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aprilia etc. But when the economy issues hit, half the factories pulled out. I am sure Suzuki, Kawasaki etc would have stayed in MotoGP if they'd had tobacco money paying for it. In addition, all the other factories have scaled back support - Honda had 7 factory or semi factory v4 NSRs in 1998 in addition to another 3 v-twins. Now it has barely a third of that. The need to cut costs is the underlying issue and the sport will continue to struggle until it recognises that. We all want to see MotoGP remain a prototype sport but unless changes are made, Honda and Yamaha will continue to spend silly money on beating each other and no one else will be able to compete. Oli

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