Riders for Health the first winners at Donington Park

Thursday, 22 July 2004

Riders for Health the first winners at Donington Park

The Cinzano British Grand Prix gets underway at Donington Park tomorrow but whatever happens in the ninth round of the MotoGP World Championship the first winners of the weekend's action are Riders for Health, who celebrated a host of successful money-raising activities on the traditional Day of Champions on Thursday.

The MotoGP charity, who strive to provide transport network solutions for medical relief in third world Africa, benefited from a special dinner in London last night, attended by HRH Princess Anne The Princess Royal and a host of representatives from the Grand Prix paddock, which raised £25,000.

The gates of the paddock itself opened today for Day of Champions, with thousands of fans flooding in to meet their MotoGP idols and take part in a variety of activities and auctions.

A handful of visitors even got the chance to live out their Grand Prix dream, completing several laps of the Donington Park circuit on board the two-seat Ducati Desmosedici ridden by Randy Mamola, whilst others took part in a quiz, scooter races and circuit ride-in, as well as being entertained by a classic bike show, stunt riders and a world record attempt for the fastest top speed on a mini-bike.

Whilst the auction was set to continue long into the evening and exact proceeds will not be known until the morning, charity organisers are expecting a total of over £100,000 to be handed over for unique signed memorabilia from all of the MotoGP riders, who were on hand to make personal presentations to the successful bidders.

One rider who wasn't available to meet the crowds today was Kenny Roberts, whose car broke down on the motorway travelling to the circuit. The former World Champion will be expecting more reliability from his Suzuki this weekend after consecutive front row starts and top ten finishes from the last two races.

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