Auction boosts Riders coffers to £145,000

Friday, 23 July 2004

Auction boosts Riders coffers to £145,000

The traditional Riders for Health auction at the Donington Park circuit enjoyed unprecedented success on Wednesday night, with over 4,000 people turning out and boosting the total money raised by Day of Champions to an incredible £145,000. All of the MotoGP riders turned out for the event, donating leathers, helmets and other equipment, as well as team uniforms, t-shirts and unique memorabilia.

The item which fetched the highest price was a set of leathers donated by Colin Edwards, with a winning bid of £5,350 which delighted the former World Superbike Champion. However, for the majority of the crowd the highlight of the evening was the arrival of MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi, who sold off knee sliders, signed paintings and even the cap off his head, which fetched a staggering £1,000.

Max Biaggi was also hugely popular, the white leathers he wore during a practice session for his home Grand Prix at Mugello fetching £4,500, whilst the crowd also reserved a particularly warm welcome for former British and World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss, who threw a boxful of goodies into the crowd.

Meanwhile, a bid of £1,200 secured one of the most unusual items up for grabs – the final day of qualifying on Saturday at Donington Park with Team Suzuki.

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