Valentino Rossi is currently in his home country for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello – the nine-time World Champion’s favorite circuit.
And this weekend’s round is extra special for the 34-year-old Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pilot; he will start his 300th GP, and also get to honor a late friend, Marco Simoncelli.
Rossi and the Italy-based Dainese will honor Simoncelli, who died in a crash during 2011 Sepang MotoGP, by wearing a special leather suit dedicated to the former MotoGP pilot’s memory.
But the suit Rossi will wear during the Italian Grand Prix is not just for show; it will go up for auction at 2 p.m. June 18. All proceeds will got to the Marco Simoncelli Foundation.
Information about the auction and product details will be available on the brand-new Dainese website dainese.com, which goes live on Friday, June 13.
Whoever wins Rossi’s suit will ultimate contribute to the Santa Marta Project, a day center for the disabled that the Simoncelli Foundation is building near Coriano, Italy, Marco’s hometown.
Rossi’s suit is the first of many original Dainese products worn by world champion riders that will be available on dainese.com.
#thisforSIC58 was created in honor of Marco Simoncelli and to support charitable projects backed by the Foundation dedicated to his memory. Each of the items purchased on dainese.com will be delivered to the lucky winners in special display cases, complete with a signature by its first famous owner, Dainese reports.