With just a single round of the World Superbike championship taking place in the UK, those involved in the series are making a serious effort to try to revive the glory days of British World Superbike races, which saw up to 100,000 fans flock to the events. The charity Riders for Health, the Donington Park circuit, and the UK-based team Voltcom Crescent Suzuki are all playing their part to try to create some more buzz around the event.
The World Superbike weekend opens with the Day of Dreams, organized by Riders for Health to raise money for motorcycle racing's favorite charity. For £15, fans will be able to purchase a ticket giving pit lane and paddock access, catch the World Superbike riders question and answer session and paddock show, get autographs from their favorite riders, and take part in a special Riders for Health pit walk, and get a close up look at the WSBK and WSS machinery. The day will end with a special auction for Riders for Health. For £95, a select group of people will also have the chance to put in some track time under the watchful eye of British legends Ron Haslam and Niall Mackenzie.
On Saturday night, there will be live music in the paddock show area, hosted by Crescent Suzuki. British performer RemedySounds will be playing live from 9pm, with the party kicking off an hour earlier. The event is open to all paddock ticket holders, which are available for £25 both online and at the circuit ticket office.
Below are the press releases with full details of the weekend's activities:
Day Of Dreams Will Open WSBK Weekend At Donington
World Superbike fans will have the chance to meet their SBK heroes and feel the thrill of riding the Donington Park race track at a brand new Riders for Health event.
Day of Dreams takes place on Thursday 22 May and is an opportunity for fans to go behind-the-scenes of SBK and meet past and present superbike stars ahead of the UK round of the Superbike World Championship.
The family-friendly day costs just £15 per person and includes paddock and pit-lane access, with the opportunity to get close to the incredible SBK bikes as crews prepare for the upcoming race, as well as the chance to meet the current stars of SBK at an autograph signing session.
Tickets can be purchased today by visiting www.donington-park.co.uk.
Fans looking for something extra special can join three-times British Superbike Champion Niall MacKenzie and legend Ron Haslam for half an hour of expert tuition on the Donington Park race track. It’s the chance to feel the thrill of riding on a world famous track, with two champions who know Donington better than anyone, just days before the British Superbike race.
Track time tickets cost £95 and include lunch in the paddock hospitality suite and entrance to all Day of Dreams events. These can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Niall Mackenzie: ‘I’ve supported Riders for Health for a long time, and I think events like Day of Dreams are really special. You get the chance to experience the pre-race buzz that goes on behind-the-scenes, as well as raising money for a charity that really is helping to save lives.’
Day of Dreams will also include a Riders for Health auction, with resident SBK paddock show host Michael Hill running the stage. Fans will get the opportunity to bid on unique SBK memorabilia and experiences to really kick-start their weekend of racing.
Michael Hill: “I have hosted the main stage for Riders For Health a few times now at Moto GP both here and in Spain and it is always an honour to support them. This event will hopefully give fans a memorable look behind the scenes of WSBK as well as giving me an opportunity to introduce our current starts of WSBK, WSS to the crowd. I won’t say too much, but I have been working hard to get some very special guests on stage as well as some real stars of the future. I cannot wait to add this event to the other duties that I normally perform at each WSBK event around the world, and to do it at the only UK race makes it even more special. This event is not to be missed!”
Riders for Health CEO Andrea Coleman: ‘We’re really excited about returning to Donington Park and adding a brand new event to our calendar, and are grateful to Donington for all their support in staging Day of Dreams.’
All of the money raised from Day of Dreams will help Riders for Health ensure health workers in Africa have access to reliable, well maintained motorcycles and ambulance so that they can continue to transform health care for 14 million people.
For more information visit www.riders.org.uk/day-of-dreams.
Track Time Terms and Conditions
The track time will consist of two sessions with 25 people in each. Each session will include two 15 minute rides on the track. Donington Park has a noise restriction policy of 98 db.
In addition to the Riders for Health programme of events, the official WSBK Paddock Show arena will host the new look Paddock Shows throughout the weekend, including the Tissot-Superpole show on Saturday (immediately after the session) and the new look spectacular on Sunday (after WSBK race 2), featuring all the podium finishers from both WSBK races and WSS as well as all fastest lap winners and some special guests.
See you all there folks!
RemedySounds revs up at Donington with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki is preparing for the only eni FIM Superbike World Championship round on home soil but the GSX-R will not be its only soundtrack this weekend as South Coast artist RemedySounds joins the team at Donington Park.
Alongside the on-track action of Round Five of the World Championship, Voltcom Crescent Suzuki will be hosting a live music event from the heart of the Superbike Paddock as RemedySounds, tipped as the UK's most captivating unsigned performer, takes to the SBK Paddock Show stage on Saturday night.
Recently completing his UK tour, promoting his debut album ‘Incredaboy’, RemedySounds has supported artists such as Chase and Status, Labrynth, Tinchy Strider and Katy B and performed over 300 shows in the last year alone. The award-winning loop pedal artist brings his raw vocal talent, skilful guitar playing and beat-boxing to the Donington circuit in support of the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team alongside his S1mple Music Community cohort ‘Just Millie’. For more information please visit www.s1mplemusic.com or www.facebook.com/Remedysounds. The debut single ‘I’ll give you what you need’ can be found at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdWTGffN7fM
The party will start from 20:00hrs on Saturday 24th May with RemedySounds on stage from 21:00hrs. Access is free to all Paddock Pass holders (weekend passes available for £25 online and at the circuit gates) and the event will be open to all teams and championship participants, so you never know who you might end up dancing with!
“The smell of petrol and things that go fast sit well in the RemedySounds camp. I feel very excited to be working with one of the best teams in the world at such a fantastic event and I am really looking forward to raising the roof of the SBK Paddock Show on Saturday night!"