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."