Figures released this week show that the average weekend attendance for the 16 MotoGP events this year was a staggering 115,237 - with an overall total of 1,843,797 fans packing the grands prix venues.

The final round of the championship, the Valencia Grand Prix in Spain, attracted the biggest weekend crowd of the series, a massive 211,468 fans (top pic).

The biggest race day crowd was also in Spain, at Jerez, with 124,933 packing every vantage point for the Spanish Grand Prix. 206,936 attended the weekend as a whole.

The largest non-Spanish event was the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring (middle pic) with a race day crowd of 93,408 and an overall weekend attendance of 207,745. Further unprecedented levels of support were also seen at Mugello, Catalunya, Donington Park and Brno.

Indeed, it was the Czech Republic Grand Prix in July which recorded the highest spectator increase, with a rise of 22,766 fans on race day alone and a weekend total of 104,719 - almost 30,000 more than the previous season.

Weekend increases of more than 20% were recorded at the Italian and British GPs, whilst the Japanese and Malaysian GPs noted significantly improved attendances.

By contrast, the lowest attendance was at the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix (lower pic) - which saw just 395 spectators on Friday, 1,743 on Saturday and 2,951 on race day, giving a weekend total of 5,089.