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Yamaha MotoGP & WSBK: eBay Charity

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From October 2010 to February 2011, the Yamaha Racing Facebook page will be featuring a series of eBay auctions to raise funds for the charity organization, Riders for Health, including items from MotoGP legends Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, and current World Superbike rider Cal Crutchlow.

The eBay auctions, which are linked through Yamaha’s Facebook page, include an autographed knee slider from Rossi, an autographed helmet from Lorenzo and a used autographed leather suit from Cal Crutchlow, who will be joining the MotoGP grid in 2011.

All items in the auctions, which are handled by Yamaha Motor Europe, arrive with a certificate of authenticity. But note that some items will not be shipped outside of Europe, so check before you bid.

Through bidding on the Yamaha Racing items you will be supporting a specific project in Zambia as 100 percent of the winning bid will be automatically transferred to Riders for Health.

Leon Oosterhof (Marketing Manager Racing of Yamaha Motor Europe) says: “We really admire the work of Riders for Health and hope that the funds raised by these auctions will help them in their current projects in Zambia. In May this year we have organized a Ride for Life adventure raid in co-operation with Riders and several sponsors, bringing 5 Yamaha Super Ténérés to Africa for donation and it makes you feel proud and humble at the same time when hearing that these machines help saving lives every single day.”

“Yamaha Motor Europe has decided to support Riders on a continuous basis in various ways, in the next six months through these auctions. Of course we also hope that we can make race fans happy with the auctioning of exclusive collectables at the same time.”

About Riders for Health

This organization has established an infrastructure for managing and maintaining vehicles, particularly motorcycles, used for health care delivery so that even the most remote communities in rural Africa can be reached on a regular basis.

Sadly, millions of people across Africa remain deprived and isolated from basic healthcare due to distance, terrain, poverty and lack of transportation and Riders for Health offers transport, skills and expertise to improve this situation. Through bidding on the Yamaha Racing items you will be supporting a specific project in Zambia as 100% of the winning bid will be automatically transferred to ‘Riders for Health’.

For more information on Riders for Health, please click here and to know more about the Ride for Life raid, go to

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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