Thursdays at MotoGP races usually mean the first chance the media has to talk to riders for the week, both at their debriefs and at the pre-event press conference, but at the British Grand Prix it means something a little bit more special.
Helping raise money for Riders for Health, Silverstone played host to the Day of Champions event, which sees fans able to ride the massive British track, walk the pit lane and see bikes up-close, meet GP stars, and bid on one-of-a-kind GP memorabilia.
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 14 million people. The Day of Champions is a great event, and it supports a wonderful charity.
This year accordingly, Riders for Health is proud to announce that the 3,500+ fans in attendance helped raise £193,802 at the Day of Champions event, a figure which the UK government will match. Booyah!
One of the most popular auction items of the day was the ability to take an on-stage selfie with a MotoGP rider. Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo, Scott Redding, and Leon Camier were good sports about it, and collectively raised £3,500 in the process.
British Moto2 rider, Gino Rea, also braved the Ice Bucket Challenge live on stage, after raising over £2,000 — that’s a two-fer as far as charitable giving goes!
A long-time supporter of the cause, Bradley Smith also lead the 150-bike ride-in, which stopped for breakfast before taking to the track for a couple laps.
If you’re one of our British readers, or just looking for a good excuse to go to a MotoGP round, we highly recommend Silverstone and the Day of Champions.
We love supporting Riders for Health here at Asphalt & Rubber, and we hope you will too. For bonus points, all donations to Riders will be matched by the UK government for the next three months, so go check those couch cushions, because any donation will essentially get doubled.
Source: Riders for Health