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Spanish riders honoured by Motos Solidarias

Spanish riders honoured by Motos Solidarias

Spanish riders honoured by Motos Solidarias

The Spanish branch of the MotoGP charity Riders for Health, Motos Solidarias, is going from strength to strength thanks to the continued support of the motorcycling community around the world, but particularly on the Iberian peninsular, where awareness of the charity's plight in Africa has been significantly increased thanks largely to events like the Día de Campeones at Valencia, which mirrors the famous Day of Champions at Donington.

The huge popularity of MotoGP and of motorcycling in general in southern Europe has been reflected by the success of the Spanish branch of the charity, which helps to save lives daily through the establishment and maintenance of transport networks which provide key medication to remote communities in Zimbabwe, Gambia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The organisation received another major boost today when the elite of Spanish motorcycling turned out at a promotional event, targeted at raising the profile of Motos Solidarias.

Current MotoGP stars Sete Gibernau, Carlos Checa, Ruben Xaus and Toni Elias were joined by past champions Alex Criville, Emilio Alzamora and Sito Pons, as well as trial World Champions past and present, Jordi Tarres and Adam Raga at an event where they were made honorary members of the charity by Riders for Health patron Randy Mamola.

"Of course, for many, many years people have known the charity as Riders for Health, and it continues to be Riders for Health, but maybe in some countries the name itself doesn't mean very much," explained Mamola, who helped to found the charity over a decade ago. "Motos Solidarias means something very special here in Spain, so we decided to have the charity registered.

"Because of the popularity of Grand Prix racing in Spain, we decided it only felt fit that we make honorary members the people that give a lot of help and do a lot of fundraising.

"Motos Solidarias is just a branch of what we're doing in Africa and I'm sure it will grow over the next few years very quickly."

MotoGP, 2004

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