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Stars of MotoGP to raise money for Africa

13 June 2012

“The teams and riders from the MotoGP paddock are set to help raise money for Riders for Health - the official charity of MotoGP - at Day of Champions on Thursday 14th June at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix (15th-17th).

“Day of Champions is the best way for fans to start the British MotoGP weekend and best of all, all the money raised make a huge difference Riders' lifesaving work in Africa.

“Riders for Health will also use their annual fundraising event to launch a new summer appeal which will see every donation made to Riders by UK citizens between now and September 14th matched, pound for pound, by the UK Government. The appeal will be officially launched on stage by British MotoGP star, Cal Crutchlow at 4pm. The appeal means there has never been a better time to support Riders for Health. Visit www.riders.org to make a donation.

“Each year, Day of Champions raises over £150,000 for Riders for Health. Simply buying a ticket helps the organisation to reach 12 million men, women and children in sub-Saharan Africa with reliable health care. Tickets will be available to buy on the day for just £15.

“Day of Champions is the only place where you can see all the stars of MotoGP when they appear on stage in the famous Riders for Health auction [16.30]. This is a chance for fans to bid for signed personal memorabilia donated by their favourite MotoGP riders and teams.

“Hosted by Riders for Health co-founder and racing legend, Randy Mamola, Eurosport duo Julian Ryder and Toby Moody and BBC MotoGP commentator, Matt Roberts, the auction is the highlight of the day and raises tens-of-thousands of pounds for Riders in just three hours. And thanks to Riders' new appeal, the money raised at the MotoGP auction will be matched by the UK Government.

“Elsewhere, lucky fans will see the teams prepare for the race weekend as MotoGP open the gates to Silverstone's incredible paddock complex. [10.00-13.00. and 13.30-16.30].

“The traditional Day of Champions ride-in will see 150 motorcycles arrive at the circuit in convoy [12.00], led by three-times British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie. The ride-in will set off from The Heritage Motor Museum in Gaydon before completing two laps of the famous Silverstone circuit.

“Throughout the day, the main stage in the Entertainment Zone will host interviews with British Superbike riders [11.45] and up and coming stars of the Moto3 and Moto2 classes [14.15]. There will also be live music from Gibbert Hill [09.00/11.15] and Hells Bells [13.00/15.15]. Steve Parrish will return to present the popular 'Question of Bikes' quiz, and he will be joined by BBC colleague Matt Roberts [10.45/12.00/13.30].

“Racing legend, John Cooper, will commentate on the traditional parade of classic bikes [12.30].

“There will displays from the Animal Bike Tour which mixes the incredible skill, control and balance of World Champion trials rider Martyn Ashton with the spectacular aerial style of one of the world's most exciting jump riders Blake Samson [11.00/13.30]. Twelve-times World Trials Champion, Dougie Lampkin, will also will be showing off his skills in the Entertainment Zone all day.

“Riders for Health mobilises health workers with motorcycles so they can reach remote rural communities with health care on a regular basis. Health workers are trained to ride safely over the rugged terrain and to do daily checks on their motorcycle so that it doesn't break down leaving vulnerable families isolated. Riders for Health have programmes in Zimbabwe, the Gambia, Lesotho, Zambia, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.”


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