Courtesy of Youthstream
(ORLYONOK) Russia, 9 June 2017 – The largest children’s center in the world, Orlyonok, nicknamed the town of childhood, held the MXGP of Russia welcome event including an autograph signing and opening ceremony today. The extraordinary venue includes a theatre, gym, planetarium, and more hosting almost 6,000 children, around 100 of which are from abroad.
The event started with a signing session held at the 1986 monument of peace where the children of Orlyonok once wrote their peace wishes on a scroll which they sent into the Black Sea, in 1992 one such scroll made it all the way to the shores of Japan. The children of the Orlyonok Summer Camp started the event by showing Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli and Jorge Prado, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing’s Team Clement Desalle, Peter Petrov and Morgan Lesiardo, Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki’s Vsevolod Brylyakov and Darian Sanayei, Rockstar Energy Husqvqrna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl, Max Anstie and Thomas Covington, Team Suzuki World’s Arminas Jasikonis, Jeremy Seewer, Hunter Lawrence and Bas Vaessen, Wilvo Yamaha MXGP’s Arnaud Tonus, HRC MX2’s Michele Cervellin, along with Honda Red Moto Assomotor’s Alessandro Lupino and Alberto Forato how to create Origami where the riders wrote their own peace wishes on. The Origami, a symbol of peace, was then placed on the stones around the monument and afterwards the riders autographed posters for over 200 children.
Directly after, an opening ceremony took place where Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo, FIM Europe President Wolfgang Srb and FIM CMS/Director Tony Skillington emphasized their appreciation for the work that the organizers, government, and Russian motorcycle federation have put forth to make this event a reality and local representatives Vladimir Permyakov, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Sport of Krasnodar region, Alexander Dzheus, President of the Motorcycle Federation of Russia, and Anton Antonov, Russian Ministry of Sport Deputy all expressed their excitement and gratitude for hosting such an event and wished their best to the riders for this race weekend. All of which was in front of a crowd of nearly 6,000 children. Many of the children then performed to provide a full opening ceremony with traditional dancing, music, and more creating an unforgettable experience!
With such an amazing start to the MXGP of Russia the anticipation is building for the weekend’s racing in what is bound to be just as epic GP.
All the photos of the MXGP of Russia will be available here
Saturday: EMX300 Free/Timed Practice 09:15; EMX250 Free/Timed Practice 10:00; MX2 Free Practice 11:30; MXGP Free Practice 12:00; EMX300 Race 1 13:30; MX2 Time Practice 14:15; MXGP Time Practice 14:45; EMX250 Race 1 15:30; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:25; MXGP Qualifying Race 17:10.
Sunday: EMX300 Race 2 09:45; MX2 Warm up 10:25, MXGP Warm up 10:45 EMX250 Race 2 11:30; MX2 Race 1 13:15; MXGP Race 1 14:15; MX2 Race 2 16:10; MXGP Race 2 17:10.