For a few hours on Friday, Aug. 27, MotoGP teams and riders will step back from their hectic race schedule for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, and participate in the Riders for Health charity auction.
Every rider in the premier MotoGP class will be participating, including Fiat Yamaha stars Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, and of course the three Americans currently competing in the world’s fastest motorcycle racing series: Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies and Colin Edwards, and Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden.
Each rider will auction an item to the fans at the charity event, which is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Friday at the SPEED Stage in Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield.
All proceeds benefit Riders For Health, a charity that works to ensure all health workers in Africa have access to reliable transportation – usually a motorcycle – so they can reach the most isolated people with regular and predictable health care.
The Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team will be auctioning off a MotoGP weekend package, which provides a rare chance to get an up-close view of the MotoGP team. This package also includes the chance to see inside a MotoGP garage and even to be on the grid before the race.
According to Riders for Health, the winning bidder and a guest will receive paddock passes for the whole MotoGP weekend, plus the chance to watch some of Saturday’s sessions from pit-wall and the team’s pit-box. Plus, one person from the winning couple will join the team on the grid for the start of the race on Sunday.
Riders for Health says a similar package raised $16,500 at Riders’ ‘Day of Stars’ event in Laguna Seca in July. In previous years, Suzuki MotoGP has helped to raise thousands of dollars for Riders for Health’s lifesaving work, by donating a series of incredible items to the Day of Champions auction in the UK, and now they are offering MotoGP fans in the US another chance to acquire this fabulous prize.