attendanceClose to 84,000 spectators came to watch Buriram’s first ever eni World Superbike Championship race held at Chang International Circuit this weekend.

Official figures put the number at 83,739 across the three days.

For the super GT back in October an estimated 130,000 attended that particular event.

Comparing figures with other race tracks around the world and their own World Superbike attendance it appears that Buriram Thailand still tops the charts.

Figures we could find include, last year in England, at Donnington, only 29,000 came to watch the World Superbike races over the weekend. Bad weather was blamed as a large factor in the low turnout.

At Monterey in Calafornia 49,408 tuned out in 2014 which was in fact 20% up on the year before.

The incredibly famous Silverstone track  in England dropped out of the WSBKs after their attendance had fallen from  64,000 in 2011 to 28,000 in 2013. All this despite many British riders taking part in the race meetings.

The first round of this year’s eni World Superbike Championship was held at Australia’s Phillip Island track in South Melbourne. We could not find attendance figures for that event.

Next month the motorbike championship travels to Aragon in Spain where last year the attendance was 24,255 all weekend.

This means, that from the figures we could find at least, the attendance at Thailand’s first ever World Superbike Championship race in Buriram at Chang International Circuit were very high in comparison to other circuits.

This was backed up by other journalists in the CIC press room during the weekend. They said that Saturday’s turn out alone in Buriram was comparable to an “entire weekend’s attendance” at some other tracks.