Racing stars come together to raise money for Riders for Health

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The teams and riders from the MotoGP paddock will be helping to raise money for Riders for Health when they take part in Day of Champions on Thursday June 17th, ahead of the AirAsia British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Day of Champions began 20 years ago has grown into the traditional start of the British MotoGP weekend. There really is no other event like Day of Champions in any other sport. For fans of motorcycle racing it is one of the highlights of the calendar. And best of all, all the money raised helps Riders for Health save lives in Africa.

Day of Champions is a fantastic day out for any bike fan. There will be stunt shows, live music, rides with sidecar racing teams, interviews, prizes, displays from the trials teams and much more. Tickets start at just £15 for adults and are free for under-16s.

Riders for Health is the official charity of MotoGP and Day of Champions gives bike fans the unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of the world of motorcycle racing as the teams throw open the gates to the paddock and pit lane for lucky ticket holders (10am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm).

The stars of MotoGP will then appear on stage in the world famous Riders for Health auction at 4.30pm. Thousands of fans will be watching the action and tens-of-thousands of pounds will be raised to support Riders' lifesaving programmes in Africa as fans bid for exclusive race memorabilia donated by the MotoGP riders. The auction will be hosted by Eurosport commentators Toby Moody and Julian Ryder alongside BBC MotoGP presenter, Matt Roberts.

Earlier in the day 200 bikers will take part in the traditional Day of Champions ride-in, led by three times British superbike champion, Niall Mackenzie, MCN editor Marc Potter, and Red Dwarf star, Danny John-Jules. British racing star and two-time World superbike champion James Toseland will also join his band Crash on stage as they perform sets throughout the day at 10.30am, 12.00pm and 3.30pm.

There will be action at the Stowe circuit with racing legend John Cooper leading a stunning classic bike parade on his special Seeley 500 at 10.30am. Teams from the side-car championship will be giving people the chance to find out what it is like to see the world from a whole new perspective as they take fans round the infield track on their special racing sidecars at 11.30am, 1pm and 3.30pm.

There will be activities in the Entertainment Zone throughout the day. On the main stage BBC commentator, Steve Parrish, will present ‘A Question of Bikes’ (11.30am/12.30am/1.30pm). Julian Ryder will host a chat show with the stars of 125 and Moto2, getting the inside track on two of the most exciting championships around (2.15pm).

Stunt legend Gary Rothwell will be wowing the crowds with his amazing antics, as will the team from the Xtreme Trials display.

Day of Champions raises over £150,000 for Riders for Health, helping the organisation to reach over 10 million people in Africa and the stage is set to make the event’s first visit to Silverstone one to remember.

Riders for Health trains African health workers in motorcycle riding and maintenance, enabling them to reach even remote villages with the kind of regular, reliable healthcare we take for granted. It also provides them with properly managed vehicles that never break down so they can deliver healthcare day in, day out. Riders has programmes in Zimbabwe, the Gambia, Lesotho, Zambia, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. You can find out more information on the work of Riders at www.riders.org.

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