However, the biggest cheer of the day was saved for British rider Cal Crutchlow who, having broken and dislocated his left ankle in Free Practice on Saturday morning, fought through the pain to battle his way from the back of the grid to an astonishing sixth place finish.
Scoring ten points for sixth, Crutchlow moves up the MotoGP™ leader board and ahead of his Tech3 Yamaha team mate, Andrea Dovizioso, in the Championship. It was a good day for fellow Brit James Ellison too, who finished 14th overall, 4th in the CRT category, to secure two championship points.
Just under 150,000 fans were at Silverstone over the three days of the event: 29,100 attended on a wet and windy Friday, while 51,085 headed to the circuit for qualifying on Saturday.
While Crutchlow stole the headlines in the MotoGP™ class, the crowd was treated to a Moto2™ podium by British rider Scott Redding, who rode a stunning race to finish second. Fellow Brits Bradley Smith and Danny Kent also put in strong performances in front of their home crowd. Smith finished seventh in Moto2™ and Kent sixth in Moto3™.
Away from the track, a number of celebrities added even more glamour to the occasion, including the only man to be crowned World Champion on both two and four wheels, John Surtees OBE, F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, singer Katie Melua, England cricketers Alastair Cook, Graeme Swann and James Anderson, and former athlete Iwan Thomas.
In addition to the impressive on-track action, fans were treated to a world class line-up of free off-track entertainment. More than 6,000 fans stayed behind on Saturday evening to see almost all of the MotoGP riders interviewed on the main stage.
Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said: “The fans have turned out in force to support their favourite riders and have been rewarded with some fantastic racing, notably by Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding. It’s been a great three days and early feedback from the fans has been extremely positive.
“Both Dorna and the teams have been highly complementary about the venue and facilities, while the riders have raved about the Grand Prix circuit again. Our attentions now turn to F1 in three weeks’ time and then World Superbikes at the start of August.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports SL, said: “Once again Silverstone has impressed me. The facilities in the modern Wing complex are great for the teams, the riders are enjoying the updated circuit and the loyal fans were once again out in droves, despite the mixed weather conditions. It just proves what a great venue Silverstone is and why I’m always happy to come here.”
Tickets for the 2013 British Grand Prix are now on sale at ‘Early Bird’ prices. The popular three-day and roving grandstand tickets are available once again, while tickets for children aged 15 and under will be free of charge.