Donington Park Day of Champions an unprecedented success

Thursday, 11 July 2002

Donington Park Day of Champions an unprecedented success

The now traditional `Day of Champions´ prelude to the Cinzano British Grand Prix took place today at the countryside Donington Park circuit and crowds packed the Derbyshire racetrack in their thousands, despite heavy downpours later in the afternoon. The event saw a deluge of fans entering the normally off-limits paddock, in order to raise money for MotoGP charity, Riders for Health. For a small fee, of which all proceeds will go to the aid organisation, the public could wander through the beating heart of MotoGP, and meet riders in the flesh as they went about their business of preparing for Sunday´s eighth race of the 2002 season.

Although official figures will not be known until tomorrow, this tenth anniversary of the event was clearly more successful than ever before, with the stream of spectators entering the track unrelenting, and the dark clouds unable to deter the action either. While interviews and quizzes took place under cover in the marquee area, back on the track the usual scooter competition between the stars of all three classes took place, with a British team including McWilliams, Haslam, Vincent and Motocross World Champion Jamie Dobb running out winners in a frenetic battle.

Once again the famous Day of Champions auction saw huge bids raining in for rider helmets, leathers and other kit, while an online auction at the Riders for Health website received bids of over £1000 for rides with Randy Mamola on the two-seat Yamaha bike around the twisty Donington track which will be graced by the MotoGP stars over the weekend.

Italian MotoGP idol Max Biaggi is a long-time servant of the motorcycle charity, and he remarked, `I believe in the cause of Riders for Health strongly, and am one of the senior riders to be involved. I always try to give all my support and the auction was very enjoyable once again.´

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