The Shanghai International Circuit is the largest motorsport facility in China, and was the first and so far only track in China to host a Formula 1 event. Designed by Hermann Tilke the track opened in 2004, and cost more than $450 Million, with the aim of bringing Formula 1 to China. Since then, it has hosted six Formula 1 races, several of which have been memorable for the rain, and more often than not, some good racing. They have also hosted Moto GP, however this has not took place as often. Looking at the track, it is one of the few road courses outside of the USA to have a reasonably steep banking, which leads onto the very long back straight. Over the years the locals have not been behind the Formula 1 due to the high ticket prices, meaning grandstands are often empty on race day. Having said this it could also be attributed to the fact that they have 250,000 seats to fill!