Day of Champions
Every year, thousands of MotoGP fans join Riders for Health on the Thursday before the British MotoGP to take part in our biggest fundraising event – Day of Champions. The event is one of the highlights of the racing calendar and includes live music, quizzes and stunt displays as well as the opportunity to access the paddock and look behind-the-scenes of MotoGP.
Day of Champions 2015
Day of Champions 2015, was another fantastic event as MotoGP stars and fans came together at Silverstone to raise over £200,000 – an all time best for Riders!
Around 3,600 fans flocked to the Silverstone Circuit, ahead of this weekend’s British MotoGP, to see the stars of MotoGP at Riders for Health’s annual fundraising event, Day of Champions.
Paddock and Pit Lane
The gates to the exclusive MotoGP paddock and pit-lane were opened to ticket holders, who had the chance to glimpse into the garages as teams prepared for the weekend’s racing. Some lucky fans even met their favourite riders, as they stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
As always, the highlight of the day was the famous Day of Champions auction which was kicked-off by Bradley Smith, who donated a bike in honour of the late Jeannette Wragg. Once again the stars of the MotoGP paddock, were out in force to raise a record-breaking £98,000.
Some of the most popular auction items of the day were on-stage selfies with MotoGP stars, a Marquez signed guitar, Dani Pedrosa’s leathers and a fantastic piece of art by Kenny Roberts.
We also announced our Prizeo competition to meet Valentino Rossi at the Valencia GP on stage at Day of Champions - click here to enter for just £3.
Find out more about the Day of Champions 2015 Auction here.
Out and about
Away from the Day of Champions stage, there was plenty to entertain the crowds throughout the day. World famous trials rider, Dougie Lampkin, performed some incredible tricks, and the Tigers Children’s Motorcycle Display Team put on a great show.
At midday, 150 motorcyclists arrived at Silverstone as part of the Day of Champions ride-in, led by racing legend Niall MacKenzie, Bradley Smith and comedian and long-time supporter of Riders for Health, Ross Noble. Bradley rode one of the very motorcycles we use to deliver health care in Africa. After stopping for breakfast en route to Silverstone, the convoy completed two laps of the world famous circuit.
Broadcaster Gavin Emmett hosted the infamous ‘Question of Bikes’ quiz where the Young Guns, battled through two rounds of motorcycle racing knowledge to be crowned champions after beating previous holder's, The British Superbike Boys.
To see all the pictures from Day of Champions 2015, check out the Riders for Health Facebook Page.
All of the money raised from Day of Champions will help 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 21.5 million people.
Thousands of fans, volunteers, exhibitors and stars of the MotoGP paddock take part in Day of Champions every year. Here are just a few of the stories from this year’s event.
Jeanette Wragg, one of the founder's of Day of Champions sadly passed away earlier this year. Click here to read how Bradley Smith and Dorna donated two motorcylces in Jeanette's memory.
Have a look here at some of the fantastic selfies which raised over £4000 for Riders for Health!
Here's a story about our wonderful volunteers who are vital to making Day of Champions a success.
We had many delights on the mainstage at Day of Champions this year! A Question of Bikes was as entertaining as usual, and we had a new feature presented by Keith Huewen. Have a look.
The first Day of Champions in 1990 was started by Riders co-founders, Andrea and Barry Coleman, on the suggestion of American motorcycle racing legend and three times World Champion Kenny Roberts.
It took place as a special event at Brands Hatch because Roberts was able to use his unique influence to persuade the great racers of the day, such as Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and John Kocinski to take part. They were joined, of course, by Riders’ co-founder, Randy Mamola who has played a crucial part in the event ever since. The idea for Day of Champions grew out of the motorcycling paddock when Andrea and Barry, along with Riders' events manager Jeanette Wragg and a number of committed volunteers, began fundraising for children in developing countries.
As Day of Champions grew, it moved to Donington Park until we followed the MotoGP calendar to Silverstone in 2010. Day of Champions is hugely successful and now attracts over 4,000 visitors, making it one of the UK's largest outdoor fundraising events and a highlight of the British racing calendar.
The event raises hundreds of thousands of pounds every year to support Riders’ life-saving work in Africa. Without the success of this event, and the support of the motorcycle community, we would not be able to provide access to health care for over 21.5 million people.
Details for our 2016 Day of Champions coming soon...