During the 2011 Laguna Seca round of AMA Pro Racing, which will parallel MotoGP, one AMA Daytona SportBike rider will be decked out in pink: Melissa Paris.
The HT Moto Yamaha rider will don the special pink livery to support the Susan G Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure. And not only will Melissa Paris wear a special set of pink Joe Rocket leathers, but she’ll also be piloting a YZF-R6 displaying the pink livery at Laguna Seca July 22-25.
Melissa Paris says: “It seems early to be making this announcement, but the reason for it is that we’ve set a pretty big goal of raising $10,000 for Susan G Komen by the time we get to Laguna.
“We are all so lucky to be doing something we love and I think it’s really important to give back to our community in whatever way we can. This is a really fun and meaningful way to do that.”
The HT Yamaha SportBike team hopes to raise the $10,000 through donations from fans and industry sponsors, which in turn will used by the Susan G Komen foundation to fund life saving research, education, screenings, and treatment programs nationally.
A website has been setup to collect donations here.
Donations can be made in any amount and any donation of $100 enables the donor to have either their name, or the name of a loved one, on Melissa’s race bike at Laguna Seca. Stay tuned also, as several of Melissa’s sponsors have pledged items to be auctioned towards this goal!
To kick off the fundraising, Leo Vince Exhausts, a long time sponsor of Melissa Paris, has donated the proceeds of their 2011 Grape Crusher Ride towards the effort.
Melissa Paris says: “I really have to thank all of my fans and sponsors for coming together to support this cause and help us reach our goal. This issue hit close to home this year, when Josh’s manager was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“This is my opportunity to give back to her and show her my support as she has been so instrumental in supporting Josh and his career over the years.”