Silverstone sees the traditional Day of Champions event for the Riders for Health charity, providing primary health care to remote areas in Africa. The unmissable event takes place today, Thursday 28th August, and features a host of activities, including the Riders for Health auction, in which some fantastic memorabilia is sold to fans. Full details in the Riders for Health press release below:
MotoGP™ stars come together to support health workers in Africa
Thousands of MotoGP fans are heading to Silverstone today for one of the best loved events on the MotoGP calendar, and to help raise money to support health workers across Africa.
Nearly 4,000 fans are expected to attend Day of Champions, which takes place every year before the British MotoGP™ and is the flagship fundraising event of MotoGP’s official charity, Riders for Health.
Tickets for Day of Champions cost £18 and are free for children aged 15 and under. They can be purchased from the main gate at the Silverstone race circuit.
Day of Champions is a chance for MotoGP fans to meet the stars of the sport, and tickets for the paddock and pit lane sold out in minutes. One of the highlights of the day is the annual Day of Champions auction, which will see MotoGP stars including Valentino Rossi and current World Champion Marc Marquez auctioning unique memorabilia and experiences.
Items up for grabs this year include a selfie with Rossi, grid passes for the British MotoGP and a Bridgestone tyre signed by all of the MotoGP riders. Former World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards, who announced his retirement from MotoGP earlier this year, will be opening the auction by donating a set of leathers.
As well as the auction, Day of Champions is packed with plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained, including live music as well as stunt shows from the Tigers Motorcycle Display Team and world famous trials rider Dougie Lampkin. Fans of classic bikes will be able to visit the stunning display of bikes in the Classic Bike Village, and see special guest John Cooper.
On stage, famous faces from the MotoGP paddock will be battling it out in ‘A Question of Bikes’ quiz, hosted by Matt Roberts, and BT Sports commentator Julian Ryder will be interviewing the up and coming stars of Moto2 and Moto3.
The day will also include the famous ride-in, led by former British Superbike Champion Niall Mackenzie. One hundred and fifty motorbikes will travel together to Silverstone before completing a lap of the world famous circuit.
During the day, Riders for Health co-founder and MotoGP star Randy Mamola will also launch a new Riders for Health appeal, supported by the UK government. Every UK donation made to the appeal over the next three months will be doubled by the UK government, meaning each donation has twice the impact. To find out more visit www.riders.org.
In 2013 Day of Champions raised an incredible £216,249 for Riders for Health, thanks to the generosity of Rider’s supporters. The money raised helps Riders for Health ensure health workers in Africa have access to reliable, well maintained motorcycles and ambulances so that they can continue to deliver life-saving health care to 14 million people.
Andrea Coleman, CEO and co-founder of Riders for Health said, ‘Day of Champions is always a highlight of the year for us. It’s incredible to see thousands of motorcycle fans coming together to ensure health workers across Africa can continue to deliver health care to rural communities. We would like to thank Silverstone, MotoGP and all of the race teams and riders for their support of this amazing event.’
For more information about Day of Champions and Riders for Health visit www.riders.org or follow @dayofchampions on Twitter.