Two Wheels for Life celebrates stunning #BritishGP weekend with £275,000 raised
British charity Two Wheels for Life is celebrating one of the most successful Day of Champions events of all time, with £275,000 raised across the entire British MotoGP race weekend at Silverstone.
The total figure is significantly higher than the 2022 total of £206,550, with all of the funds making a huge difference to vital healthcare work in some of the most remote areas of Africa.
The Day of Champions auction alone raised over £90,000 with additional funds coming from Day of Champions tickets, paddock entry and ride-in sales, two further weekend auctions, the helmet park, a Ducati UK fundraising dinner, Moto X2 two-seater rides and our weekend raffle.
Thanks to the generosity of MotoGP™ fans and the assistance of MotoGP™, which is the official partner to the charity, Two Wheels was able to run live auctions on Thursday and additional auctions on Friday and Saturday too.
Riders from MotoGP™, Moto2 and Moto3 classes were involved in the Day of Champions auction with host and racing commentator Michael Hill hosting the event, with unique memorabilia and kind donations from teams and riders.
The weekend was kicked off by the Day of Champions Ride-In on Thursday. On the same day, 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.
A unique offering of VIP tickets to the end of season FIM gala dinner sold for £4000 and will see the buyers spending the evening with all of the motorcycle world champions across all disciplines.
Another stunning item was a large, hand-built display case filled with signed knee sliders from many of the top MotoGP riders that sold for £6000.
The British MotoGP weekend is the charity’s biggest fundraising period of the year and essential income for the charity that supports life-saving transport for healthcare programmes that operate across Africa, ensuring the poorest and most remote communities have access to vital health care and services.
Two Wheels for Life CEO and founder Andrea Coleman said: “All of us at Two Wheels for Life would like to thank everybody who came to Day of Champions and who got involved over the weekend. We are so grateful to Dorna, the teams and riders who bring incredible items as well as their energy and enthusiasm to the auctions. We are proud of our sport and the impact we can have on the world.”
How the money was raised…
Day of Champions stage auction £90,000
Ducati UK MotoGP Dinner £10,000
Day of Champions funds raised by tickets and the ride-in £130,000
Ducati MotoX2 two-seater rides £13,000
Friday stage auction £9000
Helmet park £6000
Saturday auction £6000