‘Day of Champions' proves a huge success

Friday, 4 November 2005

‘Day of Champions' proves a huge success

The traditional ‘Day of Champions' kicked off the festivities at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on Thursday, allowing numerous motorcycling fans to take part in various activities in order to raise funds for Riders for Health, MotoGP's official charity.

Over 3,000 people flocked into the paddock taking advantage of the opportunity to walk down the pit-lane and get autographs from the World Championship stars, while others had a taste of action with the ‘MotoGP Experience' which allowed them to ride on the Ricardo Tormo track. Other activities included a stunt show and Scalectrix competitions in which fans could pit their skills against Riders for Health patron, and former rider, Randy Mamola. One of the participants qualified for the Super Finale against MotoGP star Sete Gibernau and managed to beat the Movistar Honda rider to win a MotoGP Scalextrix set.

As usual, the charity auction was one of the most popular events of the day as fans had the chance to bid on various items including the leather racing suit of Ducati Marlboro's Carlos Checa, as well as a helmet donated by triple World Champion Dani Pedrosa, which had been signed by the Spanish rider, his team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama and his team-manager - former 500cc GP winner - Alberto Puig.

Another star of the auction was Spanish youngster Alvaro Bautista who ended up auctioning more than he initially expected in order to content the fans, including his shoes and wrist watch.

Over 60,000 Euros were raised for Riders for Health, which manages motorcycles used in health delivery programmes in Africa in association with the World Health Organization, national governments and non-governmental organisations working in health.

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