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Abe auctions off equipment for charity

Abe auctions off equipment for charity

Abe auctions off equipment for charity

Japanese rider for the Yamaha D'Antin set-up, Norick Abe, is auctioning off a selection equipment he used during the preseason to raise money for charity. The auction is taking place via Abe's website, and the lot consists of a set of leathers, and a pair of gloves and boots. The highest offer currently stands at 258 Euros, and the bidding continues throughout the month of February. All the money raised from the auction will be given to a Japanese organization which helps underprivileged children.

Back on the track, Abe is continuing his preparations for the new MotoGP season alone, after Yamaha team-mate, Alex Criville, announced his 'temporary retirement'. While not letting it affect his performance, the 26 year-old Japanese rider is hoping that a replacement for the Spaniard can be found soon. 'I like Crivillé, and before he had to stop I was very happy that he was my team-mate. D'Antin is looking for another rider but it's going to be difficult because everyone is already testing, and most riders are contracted with some team. But I hope we can find someone quickly because I like having a team-mate.'

Despite the disturbances to the team's pre-season testing schedule in the light of the Criville saga, Abe is satisfied with the work completed so far but realises that there remains much to do to make his YZR 500 competitive this term. 'Our bike is almost the same as last year, so we must improve some of the settings for my riding style. At the moment we are testing many different settings and looking to do much better than last year.'

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