Thousands of MotoGP fans make Day of Champions a huge success

Day of Champions a huge success
Friday, 18 June 2010

The Day of Champions event at Silverstone on Thursday June 17th raised an incredible €185,607 for the official charity of MotoGP, Riders for Health.

MotoGP fans and supporters of Riders for Health – the official charity of MotoGP – turned out in force at Silverstone to raise money for Riders for Health’s lifesaving work in Africa yesterday (Thursday June 17th), raising an amazing €185,607.

With people able to enjoy wonderful sunshine all day fans took the chance to see the stars of MotoGP ahead of the AirAsia British Grand Prix this weekend.

The teams and riders all took part, throwing open the doors of the exclusive MotoGP paddock to lucky ticket holders. Fans had the chance to walk amongst the team hospitality suites and technical trucks, while on the Pit Lane teams gave fans a glimpse of the work that goes into preparing a motorcycle for a weekend’s racing.

In the Entertainment Zone John Price guided fans through a day of fun on stage. Teams took part in A Question of Bikes quiz show, hosted by the BBC’s Steve Parrish and Matt Roberts. Jules Ryder interviewed those on the inside of MotoGP, while British star and two-time world superbike champion James Toseland and his band Crash kept the party going all day.

Away from the stage there were stunt shows, rides on the infield Stowe Circuit with teams from the British sidecar championship, music and street entertainment.

The highlight of the day was the famous Day of Champions auction, which raised tens-of-thousands of pounds for Riders’ work in Africa. The riders all appeared on stage to give their thoughts about Sundays’ race and to auction the unique and valuable items they brought with them. Another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience MototGP from the inside included the chance to step onto the grid for the big race on Sunday.

Amongst the superb 80 lots supplied by MotoGP riders in the auction, which raised €40,000, were race leathers donated by Colin Edwards, Álvaro Bautista, Marco Melandri and Scott Redding, a helmet of World Champion Valentino Rossi, a signed limited edition Tissot watch from Nicky Hayden, wheels from Randy de Puniet’s LCR Honda, a painting alongside Jorge Lorenzo and a pair of jackets belonging to former World Champion Kevin Schwantz. Ben Spies, Héctor Barberá, Mika Kallio, Dani Pedrosa, Hiroshi Aoyama, Marco Simoncelli, Loris Capirossi and Bradley Smith all donated race memorabilia, whilst Alpinestars also provided Silverstone 2010 boots signed by riders. MotoGP grid passes and Rizla Suzuki’s VIP package also contributed to the impressive total raised by the auction alone.

The money raised at Day of Champions will have a huge impact on Riders for Health’s work in Africa, allowing the organisation to mobilise more health workers and reach even more men, women and children with lifesaving health care.

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