Every year, ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, motorcycle racing fans come together with the stars of the sport to raise money for Riders for Health at the Day of Champions. This year is no exception, and as ever, a host of events will be put on at Silverstone for the fans. For anyone wanting to obtain a piece of priceless racing memorabilia, the auction is the place to be, held all day close to the main entrance, and hosted by Eurosport commentators Julian Ryder and Toby Moody, Riders for Health founder Randy Mamola, and BBC presenter Matt Roberts.
Along with the usual collection of riders' helmets, leathers, and memorabilia, something very special will also be on offer on Thursday. Scott Jones has graciously offered for auction one of the large limited edition prints he has produced featuring Kenny Roberts riding the TZ750 at the Indy Mile. The print is signed by Kenny Roberts himself, and is a unique tribute to a very special moment in motorcycle racing history.
If auctions are not for you, there is plenty more: a group ride to the track led by Niall Mackenzie, a parade lap of classic bikes, interviews with MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3 and BSB riders and a number of bands. If you're going to Silverstone, make sure you don't miss this event. Full details of the event are on the Riders for Health website. US readers, or anyone planning to attend the Laguna Seca round of MotoGP will get another chance to help Riders for Health at the annual Day of Stars, to be held ahead of the US GP in July.
Below is the press release from Riders for Health containing details of the Day of Champions:
Stars of MotoGP™ come together to raise money for Africa
The teams and riders from the MotoGP paddock are set to help raise money for Riders for Health – the official charity of MotoGP™ – at Day of Champions on Thursday 14th June at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix (15th-17th).
Day of Champions is the best way for fans to start the British MotoGP weekend and best of all, all the money raised make a huge difference Riders’ lifesaving work in Africa.
Riders for Health will also use their annual fundraising event to launch a new summer appeal which will see every donation made to Riders by UK citizens between now and September 14th matched, pound for pound, by the UK Government. The appeal will be officially launched on stage by British MotoGP star, Cal Crutchlow at 4pm. The appeal means there has never been a better time to support Riders for Health. Visit www.riders.org to make a donation.
Each year, Day of Champions raises over £150,000 for Riders for Health. Simply buying a ticket helps the organisation to reach 12 million men, women and children in sub-Saharan Africa with reliable health care. Tickets will be available to buy on the day for just £15.
Day of Champions is the only place where you can see all the stars of MotoGP when they appear on stage in the famous Riders for Health auction [16.30]. This is a chance for fans to bid for signed personal memorabilia donated by their favourite MotoGP riders and teams.
Hosted by Riders for Health co-founder and racing legend, Randy Mamola, Eurosport duo Julian Ryder and Toby Moody and BBC MotoGP commentator, Matt Roberts, the auction is the highlight of the day and raises tens-of-thousands of pounds for Riders in just three hours. And thanks to Riders’ new appeal, the money raised at the MotoGP auction will be matched by the UK Government
Elsewhere, lucky fans will see the teams prepare for the race weekend as MotoGP open the gates to Silverstone’s incredible paddock complex. [10.00-13.00. and 13.30-16.30].
The traditional Day of Champions ride-in will see 150 motorcycles arrive at the circuit in convoy [12.00], led by three-times British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie. The ride-in will set off from The Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon before completing two laps of the famous Silverstone circuit.
Throughout the day, the main stage in the Entertainment Zone will host interviews with British Superbike riders [11.45] and up and coming stars of the Moto3 and Moto2 classes [14.15]. There will also be live music from Gibbert Hill [09.00/11.15] and Hells Bells [13.00/15.15]. Steve Parrish will return to present the popular ‘Question of Bikes’ quiz, and he will be joined by BBC colleague Matt Roberts [10.45/12.00/13.30].
Racing legend, John Cooper, will commentate on the traditional parade of classic bikes [12.30].
There will displays from the Animal Bike Tour which mixes the incredible skill, control and balance of World Champion trials rider Martyn Ashton with the spectacular aerial style of one of the world’s most exciting jump riders Blake Samson [11.00/13.30]. Twelve-times World Trials Champion, Dougie Lampkin, will also will be showing off his skills in the Entertainment Zone all day.
Riders for Health mobilises health workers with motorcycles so they can reach remote rural communities with health care on a regular basis. Health workers are trained to ride safely over the rugged terrain and to do daily checks on their motorcycle so that it doesn’t break down leaving vulnerable families isolated. Riders for Health have programmes in Zimbabwe, the Gambia, Lesotho, Zambia, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.
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- Riders for Health is the official charity of MotoGP, the world’s premier motorcycle racing championship, and organises fundraising events around the world to coincide with races. The largest of these is Day of Champions, an annual event before the British MotoGP.
- Day of Champions is unique - there is no other day like it, in any sport. It gives race fans the chance to see behind the scenes of MotoGP, and even to follow in the tyre-tracks of their heroes.
- The first Day of Champions - the brainchild of Kenny Roberts Sr - took place at Brands Hatch in 1990 with the likes of Eddie Lawson, John Kocinski, Wayne Rainey and, of course, Riders co-founder Randy Mamola.
- Around 4,000 fans are expected to attend Day of Champions 2012, with around 100 volunteers working throughout the day.