Fans flock to see Stoner

2007-08-20 13:49

Melbourne - Australian MotoGP organisers are increasing grandstand capacity to cater for huge home interest in Australia's world championship leader Casey Stoner.

The 21-year-old Ducati rider Sunday won the Czech MotoGP in Brno for his seventh win in 12 races this season, extending his lead over seven-time world champion and championship rival Valentino Rossi to 60 points.

Australian race organisers keen to cash in on his popularity, released plans on Monday for expanding capacity at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, south of Melbourne, for the October 12-14 race.

Drew Ward, chief executive officer of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, said the performances of Stoner and his fellow Australian Chris Vermeulen had created "a massive groundswell of interest" in the 2007 MotoGP.

"With our present grandstand ticket offering almost full to capacity, we are delighted to announce that we will be extending each of the four grandstands for the October 12-14 race," he said in a statement.

The new release of tickets will increase grandstand capacity by almost 40% on the total number of seats available for last year's race.

Ward said sales of grandstand tickets were 153% up on the same time last year.

"Not since the glory days of (Australians) Wayne Gardner and Mick Doohan more than a decade ago have we seen such attention focused on the Grand Prix," he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

AB praises selfless skipper

2010-11-21 18:15

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.