Two Wheels for Life, the official charity of MotoGP, will be holding its traditional Day of Champions fundraiding festival on Thursday, 23rd August, the day before practice starts for the British round of MotoGP at Silverstone. The charity issued the following press release announcing the event:
Day of Champions 2018 revving up to raise even more with the help of MotoGP™’s stars and fans
In little less than a week, racing fans will have the opportunity to mingle with the stars of MotoGP™ and help raise funds for Two Wheels for Life, the official charity of FIM and MotoGP™ at the annual Day of Champions (DOC) on Thursday 23 August.
Highlights this year include Keith Heuwen talking to behind-the-scenes stars of MotoGP™ including technical director Danny Aldridge and the big reveal of Dorna’s 2019 British Talent Cup. As well as an interview with racing legend Wayne Gardner and watching the thrills of trials rider Dougie Lampkin MBE, who will be entertaining throughout the day.
Day of Champions is on the the Thursday before the British Grand Prix. It is non-stop live entertainment and fun, culminating in a charity auction. Fans can bid on a variety of exclusive experiences and unique items of racing memorabilia, donated by your racing heroes and the MotoGP family. And it doesn’t stop there, as Triumph Motorcycles are offering two once in a lifetime experiences.
These prizes aren't available anywhere else and thanks to Triumph Motorcycles include a private, access all areas factory tour and an exclusive evening event for one winning bidder and 9 guests. To top it off, they are also inviting one lucky person to attend their New Motorcycle Press Launch in Europe next spring. The winner will be one of the first to ride one of Triumph's new motorcycles in a stunning European location. Paul Stroud, Triumph CCO said;
‘Triumph Motorcycles are extremely proud to support Two Wheels for Life, and to be participating in the forthcoming Day of Champions auction at the British Grand Prix MotoGP at Silverstone in support of fundraising for crucial causes in Africa.
As the official engine supplier for the Moto2 championship from 2019 season onwards, this important event marks the beginning of an exciting weekend for everyone at Triumph, where for the first time our new Moto2 Triple engine will take to the track at a Grand Prix race weekend in a parade lap on Sunday 26th August.’
Now in it’s 29th successful year, the event raises funds to ensure health workers in rural Africa have reliable motorbikes and other transport to carry out their life-saving work. Andrea Coleman, co-founder of Two Wheels for Life, said:
‘Day of Champions is a wonderful opportunity to bring fans together with their heroes of motorsport. In our 29th year, the day is getting bigger and better as we continue to raise all important funds to bring healthcare to those who need it.’
During DOC the paddock is opened up for a limited number of fans who get the chance to watch the riders preparing for the race, collect autographs and maybe even chat to a rider or two. Fans will also get to see a side of the riders which they don’t reveal at press conferences or post-race interviews. Last year Johann Zarco demonstrated his hidden gymnastic talents by doing a backflip off the stage. And in 2010, when Valentino Rossi was in hospital recovering from injury, he joined the auction by telephone link-up so he didn’t miss out on connecting with the fans. British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow said:
‘There’s always such a great atmosphere at the Day of Champions; its a day every MotoGP fan should experience. There’s nothing corporate about it, it's just us and the fans having a laugh together and supporting a great cause in Two Wheels for Life.’
To buy tickets for Day of Champions go to http://www.twowheelsforlife.org.uk/causes/day-of-champions