Day of Champions
Thousands of MotoGP fans flocked to Silverstone ahead of the British MotoGP for another fantastic Day of Champions event and helped to raise nearly £200,000 for our life-saving work across Africa.
Day of Champions 2014
Day of Champions 2014, was another fantastic event as MotoGP stars and fans came together at Silverstone to raise £193,802 to support the life-saving work of Riders for Health.
More than 3,500 fans flocked to the Silverstone Circuit, ahead of the British MotoGP, to see the stars of MotoGP at 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 Riders for Health founder and MotoGP legend Randy Mamola. Once again the stars of the MotoGP paddock, were out in force to raise £79,590 (€100,105), as fans bid on 104 lots over five hours.
The crowd were able to see their favourite MotoGP riders as they took to the stage to talk to presenters Nick Harris, Gavin Emmett, Julian Ryder and Matt Roberts about the race weekend ahead, as well as auctioning off their own personal memorabilia and MotoGP experiences.
Some of the most popular auction items of the day were on-stage selfies with MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Scott Redding and Leon Camier which collectively raised £3,500. British Moto2 rider, Gino Rea, also braved the Ice Bucket Challenge live on stage, after raising over £2,000. Watch it here.
All of the money raised from this year’s auction will be matched by the UK government, as part of a brand new Riders for Health appeal launched at Day of Champions.
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 teamed up with the Tigers Children’s Motorcycle Display Team to help them out with a few of their own stunts.
At midday, 150 motorcyclists arrived at Silverstone as part of the Day of Champions ride-in, led by British MotoGP rider Bradley Smith. After stopping for breakfast en route to Silverstone, the convoy completed two laps of the world famous circuit.
Broadcaster Matt Roberts hosted the infamous ‘Question of Bikes’ quiz where a team of British Superbike riders battled through two rounds of motorcycle racing knowledge to be crowned champions after beating a team of competition winners and some famous faces from the MotoGP Paddock.
To see all the picture from Day of Champions 2014, check out the Riders for Health Facebook Page.
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.
Riders for Health co-founder and MotoGP legend, Randy Mamola, launched a brand new appeal at Day of Champions which mean that over the next three months, every UK donation made to our appeal will be doubled by the UK government. Find out how you can support us here.
What’s it like to ride your motorbike around the world renowned Silverstone racetrack? One hundred and fifty people took part in this year’s Day of Champions ride-in, led by British MotoGP star Bradley Smith. Find out what this year’s riders thought of this unique experience.
It’s a worldwide craze, and at this year’s Day of Champions the stars of MotoGP were auctioning ‘selfies’ on stage! A selfie with Valentino Rossi raised an incredible £1,800, so we caught up with the lucky winner. Read more here.
At this year’s Day of Champions, the Tiger Children’s Motorcycle Display Team truly wowed the crowds with their series of amazing stunts – and the youngest member is just six years old! We chatted to the team to find out what they thought of their first Day of Champions.
Every year Day of Champions is made possible by a team of enthusiastic and hard-working volunteers who support our events team. We met up with a few of our dedicated volunteers during the day to find out what keeps them coming back, year after year.
The British MotoGP is Riders for Health’s busiest fundraising time, and Day of Champions is our biggest event of the year. But the support doesn’t stop when the auction ends on Thursday evening. We have people raising money for Riders for Health all weekend. Click here to find out more.
One of the most popular things at Day of Champions is always the Question of Bikes quiz show. Presenting the quiz this year was broadcaster, Matt Roberts, and taking part were teams from the MotoGP paddock, the British Superbike championship and a team made up of competition winners. Read all about it here.
Day of Champions 2015
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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 14 million people.