Day of Champions preview

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.

4,000 race fans are expected to converge on Silverstone on Thursday 29th August for the ‘Day of Champions’, ahead of the British MotoGP weekend.  Since Kenny Roberts Snr. created the first Day of Champions back in 1990 at Brands Hatch the event has traditionally been focused on providing the opportunity for MotoGP fans to see their hero’s and bid for a range of signed boots, leathers, t-shirts and more with thousands raised on behalf of Riders for Health, the official charity of MotoGP. 

The Riders for Health Day of Champions stage at Silverstone

Auction items include:
• Dani Pedrosa and Scott Redding clay hand prints, mounted and framed
• Marc Marquez elbow sliders
• Cal Crutchlow leathers and gloves
• Champagne bottle from Cal’s podium at Mugello Bridgestone BATTLAX slick tyre signed by all MotoGP riders and mounted on bespoke Bridgestone display
• Limited Edition Tissot watches
• Valentino Rossi 8 ft mounted collage
• Signed canvas prints of several MotoGP riders
• Jorge Lorenzo: A Life in the Fast Lane signed coffee table book
• And much more including signed caps, flags and photographs.

Clay hand prints of Scott Redding and Dani Pedrosa

As well as the auction the Day of Champions stage will also see Matt Roberts and Steve Parrish, host and commentator from BBCs MotoGP coverage, in charge of the ‘A Question of Bikes’ quiz whilst Eurosport commentator Julian Ryder will interview young Moto2 and Moto3 riders coming through the ranks.

At noon, the traditional Day of Champions ride-in arrives which includes Scott Redding, Niall Mackenzie, Bradley Smith and Jamie Whitham.

Barry Sheene and John Cooper’s bikes will be on display as part of the classic bike collection, The Animal Action Sports Tour will combine the incredible skill, control and balance of World Champion trials rider Martyn Ashton with the spectacular aerial style of Blake Samson.  Other entertainment comes in the form of live music and stunt shows.

09.00: Gates open
09.30: Day of Champions MC, John Price, welcomes the public
09.45: Live music from rock band Sidewinder on the main stage
10.30: Round one of the infamous Question of Bikes quiz on the main stage
11.00: Paddock and pit-lane opens. The Animal Action Sports Tour kick of their show in the Entertainment Zone
11.30: The first of three classic bike start-ups in the Classic Bike Village
12.00: The ride-in arrives at Silverstone led by Niall Mackenzie and Bradley Smith. Round two of a Question of Bikes quiz
12.30: More live music from Sidewinder on the main stage
13.00: The Animal Action Sports Tour return for more fun in the Entertainment Zone and the classic bikes put on another show in the Classic Bike Village
13.15: The final round of a Question of Bikes quiz
13.45: Jules Ryder chat show featuring stars from Moto2 & Moto3 on the main stage. The final classic bike start-up
14.30: Randy Mamola gives a presentation on Experience Africa on the main stage. The Animal Action Sports tour give their final performance of the day
15.00: The paddock and pit-lane closes. The Day of Champions auction begins on the main stage hosted by Randy Mamola, Julian Ryder, Toby Moody, Matt Roberts and Gavin Emmett.

Tickets start at just £15 and, with children under 16 going free. To book tickets, simply visit the Silverstone website or call the Silverstone ticket line 0844 3750 500.  All the money raised directly supports Riders for Health’s life-saving work in Africa.

Signed Yamaha YZR-125

And finally, on the afternoon of Saturday 31st August, a Yamaha YZFR-125 signed by Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith will be auctioned.  But it’s no ordinary 125, one side of the bike replicates the Yamaha Factory Racing Team whilst the other side is designed in the style of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike.

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