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MotoGP helmets auction raises cash for Phillip Island school

MotoGP helmets auction raises cash for Phillip Island school

MotoGP helmets auction raises cash for Phillip Island school

An auction of MotoGP helmets in aid of a Phillip Island school damaged by fire raised almost $8,500 AUD (approx €5,275) last weekend. The Minister for Tourism and Major Events for the state of Victoria, John Pandazopoulos, handed the cheque over to Cowes Primary School, after the successful sale of four autographed helmets donated during the 2003 SKYY Vodka Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix last October.

Helmets from MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi, Australia's own five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan, former World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss and Grand Prix winner Garry McCoy were all sold to the highest bidder, with Rossi's distinctive yellow design raking in almost half of the overall total.

"Phillip Island is the home of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, and it is heart-warming that the international MotoGP community, in conjunction with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, responded to the school's crisis with this show of support," said Mr Pandazopoulos.

The principal of the Cowes Primary School, Mrs Sue Becker, accepted the cheque. "We are very grateful to the Minister, the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and the MotoGP riders for their support," Mrs Becker said. "This school is a significant part of the Phillip Island community and we really appreciate these efforts to help us rebuild our resources after such a devastating blow".

The MotoGP World Championship returns to Phillip Island on the 17th October this year for the Cinzano Autralian Grand Prix.

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MotoGP, 2004

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