MOTOGP » 30 August 2013
British MotoGP: Silverstone Day of Champions auction raises £77,090
On the eve of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the MotoGP paddock and fans came together to support Riders for Health in one of the most successful Day of Champions ever - the highlight of which was the famous MotoGP auction, which raised an incredible £77,090 in just five hours.
Thousands of fans gathered in front of the stage to get up close to their favourite MotoGP stars and bid on the unique signed personal racing memorabilia, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and unique paintings.
In total, 108 items were sold to raise money for the lifesaving work of Riders for Health – the official charity of MotoGP – bringing the total amount raised at Day of Champions to £216,249 [€253,562] which will help Riders for Health use reliable motorcycles and ambulances to reach 14 million people in Africa.
The auction was hosted by Riders for Health co-founder and racing legend Randy Mamola, Eurosport duo Julian Ryder and Toby Moody, MotoGP commentator Gavin Emmett and BBC MotoGP presenter Matt Roberts who all quizzed the riders on their thoughts and expectations ahead of Sunday's race before bidding began.
The item that raised the most during the auction was a Bridgestone racing tyre signed by all of the MotoGP riders who came up on stage, which raised an incredible £4,600.
The nine-time World Champion, Valentino Rossi, raised an incredible £13,250 while on stage, auctioning items including the cap from his head which raised £1,000 and some knee-sliders he produced from his pocket which fetched £1,650. Before Rossi left stage, Riders for Health announced that over the last 10 years, Valentino and his fans have raised an incredible £254,509 to support Riders for Health's work in Africa.
The most popular item of signed memorabilia from a single rider was a set of framed elbow sliders donated by Moto2 World Champion and current MotoGP championship leader, Marc Marquez. The hardest working elbow sliders in MotoGP raised £3,800 and, in total, Marc raised £10,825.
The auction began with the popular American star, Colin Edwards, who was joined by teammate, Claudio Corti. Edwards raised £600 by auctioning a pair of race boots and, along with knee-sliders and a signed Bridgestone cap, made a total of £1,010. Corti brought the team total to £1,360 by auctioning a pair of boots worn last weekend in Brno for £350.
As well as items from riders, fans donated thousands of pounds for a series of MotoGP VIP experiences. Team hospitality packages, grid passes for Sunday, track days, F1 factory tours and the chance to shadow MotoGP photographer Andrew Northcott were all auctioned. With a pair of the hottest tickets in motorsport, MotoGP grid passes, raising an amazing £3,900.
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