Unmissable At Silverstone: The Day Of Champions

Though there are plenty of reasons to attend the Silverstone round of MotoGP - the chance to see history being made by Marc Marquez, or hearing the British national anthem once, or perhaps even twice, or seeing the bikes roar through Woodcote and on to Copse, or even the chance to watch a British round of MotoGP without getting wet, as so far, it is predicted to be a dry weekend - but one of the best is the Day of Champions, held on Thursday 29th August, the day before the on-track action begins. It is a very full day of activities to help keep the crowds entertained, and well worth the paltry £15 entrance fee, all of which goes towards helping Riders for Health.

The action centers around the main stage, with a mixture of chat, quizzes, live music, and topped off with the Day of Champions auction. There is also plenty to do in the pits and paddock, as access includes entrance to the otherwise-closed paddock. BBC TV presenters Matt Roberts and Steve Parrish will be hosting the 'Question of Bikes' quiz, where contestants will be asked questions from motorcycle racing's rich history. Legendary Eurosport commentator Julian Ryder will host a chat on stage with some of the top Moto2 and Moto3 riders, which is always fascinating and gives the audience a chance to hear from the stars of tomorrow (and today). And at the end of the day, Roberts and Ryder are joined by Toby Moody and Gavin Emmett to host the Riders for Health auction at which a host of fantastic memorabilia and signed items go on sale. The Day of Champions auction is your best chance of buying something truly unique from your favorite riders. Some of the items up for auction are listed below, but there will be an awful lot more there as well, if past years are a guide.

For details of tickets for the Day of Champions, see the Riders for Health website. For tickets for the Silverstone MotoGP weekend, see the MotoGP.com ticket shop.


09.00: Gates open
09.30: Day of Champions MC, John Price, welcomes the public
09.45: Live music from rock band Sidewinder on the main stage
10.30: Round one of the infamous Question of Bikes quiz on the main stage
11.00: Paddock and pit-lane opens. The Animal Action Sports Tour kick of their show in the Entertainment Zone
11.30: The first of three classic bike start-ups in the Classic Bike Village
12.00: The ride-in arrives at Silverstone led by Niall Mackenzie and Bradley Smith. Round two of a Question of Bikes quiz
12.30: More live music from Sidewinder on the main stage
13.00: The Animal Action Sports Tour return for more fun in the Entertainment Zone and the classic bikes put on another show in the Classic Bike Village
13.15: The final round of a Question of Bikes quiz
13.45: Jules Ryder chat show featuring stars from Moto2 & Moto3 on the main stage. The final classic bike start-up
14.30: Randy Mamola gives a presentation on Experience Africa on the main stage. The Animal Action Sports tour give their final performance of the day
15.00: The paddock and pit-lane closes. The Day of Champions auction begins on the main stage hosted by Randy Mamola, Julian Ryder, Toby Moody, Matt Roberts and Gavin Emmett.


Some of the items up for auction:

  • Dani Pedrosa and Scott Redding clay hand prints, mounted and framed
  • Marc Marquez elbow sliders
  • Bridgestone BATTLAX slick tyre signed by all MotoGP riders and mounted on bespoke Bridgestone display unit
  • Cal Crutchlow leathers
  • Champagne bottle from Cal’s podium at Mugello
  • Limited Edition Tissot watches
  • Valentino Rossi 8 ft mounted collage
  • Signed canvas prints of several MotoGP riders
  • Jorge Lorenzo: A Life in the Fast Lane signed coffee table book

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