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MotoGP riders to race for flood-hit Czech communities at Brno

MotoGP riders to race for flood-hit Czech communities at Brno

MotoGP riders to race for flood-hit Czech communities at Brno

During the three days of the Gauloises Grand Prix Ceske republiky meeting, each of the 22 riders in the MotoGP class will be flying the flag for one of the towns and communities worst affected by the recent severe floodings which hit the Czech Republic and caused devastation on a giant scale.

The gesture comes through an agreement between the race promoter and the whole MotoGP community, who wished to show their solidarity with all those people affected by the disaster which happened so close to this weekend's action. The aim is to offer support to those areas seriously affected by the deluge of water which descended on this part of the continent in recent weeks. With the MotoGP riders dedicating their efforts to several regions, they aim to help return the country to some kind of normality by lifting the spirits of the people who are suffering directly as a result of the destruction.

$$$ Valentino Rossi, Kenny Roberts, Max Biaggi and the rest of the riders in the premier MotoGP class will each spend the weekend representing a particular town or area of the Czech Republic hit by the floods, during both the race and in the practice sessions. They will also receive visits from people directly from their designated district to lend their mutual encouragement and it is hoped that the winner and the pole position holder may be able to give a lap of honour displaying the relevant colours.

Reigning World Champion and current championship leader, Valentino Rossi, was paired with the town of Libis, which is in the Melnik province in the central region of the country. The Italian 23 year-old commented: `I hope the fact that we are representing this area of the country helps in some manner towards returning a sense of normality to Libis and the surrounding region, by giving them something to support and to inspire them. If I were to win the race this weekend I will surely be dedicating my win to this area.´

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MotoGP, 2002, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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