More than £90,000 raised for Two Wheels for Life at Day of Champions auction
British-based charity Two Wheels for Life is celebrating the generosity of racing fans and MotoGP™ teams and riders after another hugely successful Day of Champions auction at the Monster Energy British MotoGP™ event at Silverstone.
The final tally raised across the entire MotoGP weekend at Silverstone won’t be known until after the weekend event has finished, and with two more auctions happening today (Friday) and tomorrow, totals will further rise.
Additional charity funds will be raised from ticket sales, paddock tickets, the Two Wheels for Life ride-in, as well the other two auctions being hosted by the amazing Michael Hill on the Main Stage.
While the exact total will come after the weekend event has finished, the main Day of Champions auction raised more than £90,000. It’s expected there will be a significant extra amount of funds raised by generous MotoGP™ fans across the weekend from another auction on Saturday, along with other activities like the helmet park and the sale of Two Wheels for Life merchandise.
Riders from MotoGP™, Moto2 and Moto3 classes were involved in the Day of Champions auction with host and racing commentator Michael Hill on stage to help with selling off the unique memorabilia and kind donations from teams and riders.
Thanks to the generosity of MotoGP™ fans, the assistance of MotoGP™ – official partner to the charity – Two Wheels was able to run live auctions and stage a Day of Champions Ride-In on Thursday which kicked off the weekend event. Ticket holders rode into the famous Silverstone circuit from the Super Sausage Café and then enjoyed a lap of the track.
The highlights of the live auction included £10,000 for a MotoGP Legends painting signed by many of the most famous riders in MotoGP, a Jake Dixon helmet he was wearing when he took a recent Moto2 race win at Assen sold for £3000, a Jack Miller oil drum chair went for £3000 and a pair of signed Marc Marquez boots sold for £4700.
One stunning item was a large, hand-built display case filled with signed knee sliders from many of the top MotoGP riders – it sold for £6000.
Two Wheels CEO and founder, Andrea Coleman
“As always, the Day of Champions crowd at Silverstone showed their incredible generosity by bidding on the items that were donated by so many in the MotoGP paddock and across the other classes. Motorcyclists are truly the best in the world!
The work by Michael Hill on stage is incredible and his enthusiasm and energy on stage for so long during the day is amazing and we are so grateful for his time.
Seeing other stage hosts including Suzi Perry, Gavin Emmett and Natalie Quirk helping out throughout the day reminds all of us at Two Wheels for Life just how kind everyone in MotoGP is with their time for our fundraising work.”