Moto GP riders and fans raise huge funds at Day of Champions auction
The stars of Moto GP came together with the fans of the sport to raise an incredible £79, 570 (€100,210) for Riders for Health in just five hours at the Day of Champions auction on Thursday at Silverstone.
In total 104 lots were sold, with riders donating helmets, leathers, shirts and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The amount raised at the auction brings the total money raised at Day of Champions to £193,802 (€244,264).
All the money raised at the Day of Champions auction will be matched by the UK government as part of Riders for Health’s new appeal. This means the auction raised £159,140 and will help Rides for Health use reliable motorcycles to transform access to health care for people in rural communities in Africa.
The most popular single item was a pair of some of the hottest tickets in sport – MotoGP grid passes – which raised £2,700. One fan will find out what it’s like to rub shoulders with MotoGP riders, celebrities and the world’s media just minutes before the start of the race. It was just one of the amazing MotoGP paddock experiences available at the auction.
All of the stars of MotoGP made time to appear on stage and help auction unique pieces of MotoGP memorabilia. Repsol Honda teammates Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa raised £8,800, while 2010 and 2012 MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo raised an incredible amount of money, including a unique signed helmet that added £2,100 to the total. Valentino Rossi’s items were as popular as ever, with the nine time World Champion raising £10,975, including the chance to have a selfie taken on stage with the Italian star, which raised £1,700.
Former World Superbike Champion, Colin Edwards, who announced his retirement from MotoGP earlier in the season made a special appearance at Day of Champions, despite not racing this weekend. His auction lots, including the leathers worn in his last season of MotoGP racing, raised over £5,000.
The British stars Bradley Smith, Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding raised a total of £10,400. Smith’s helmet raised £2,200, Crutchlow auctioned a pair of boots for £1,300 and Redding’s helmet added £1,600. They were followed on stage by fellow Brits Sam Lowes and John McPhee. The auction was closed by Gino Rea who raised £1,800 by auctioning the chance to spend the weekend with the AGT REA Racing team, before completing his own ‘ice bucket challenge’ at the front of the stage.
Hiroshi Aoyama, Leon Camier, Alvaro Bautista and Yonny Hernandez all donated boots to the auction, while German rider Stefan Bradl helped to raise £4,600 when he sold a pair of gloves and two hospitality packaged with his LCR team. Karel Abraham donated a brake pad from his Cardion AB Motoracing MotoGP bike which raised £350, while Aleix Espargaro and Broc Parks helped to raise £300. Hector Barbara, Mike di Meglio, Andrea Iannone and Pol Espargaro all appeared on stage, as fans welcomed riders from the whole grid and together raised funds for Riders for Health’s work.
The auction was closed by Riders for Health’s co-founder, Randy Mamola, who thanked all of the teams and riders for taking part, as well as thanking all of the fans who bid on items and the volunteers who made the event possible.
Co-founder of Riders for Health, Andrea Coleman, added “The money that we have raised in this auction will make an enormous difference to our work, helping millions of people in remote communities in Africa receive the health care they need. I want to say a huge thank you to all of the teams and riders for donating such fantastic items, and also to the fans who help us raise so much money.”
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