Xaus gives charity bidder a helping hand

Friday, 29 October 2004

Xaus gives charity bidder a helping hand

A charity bidder got more than he bargained for today after successfully purchasing a set of Ruben Xaus' original leathers in yesterday's Riders for Health auction at Valencia.

Ximo Monataner Soler paid €1,600 for the limited edition suit, which features the Valencian regional flag on the sleeves and was worn by Xaus in this morning's free practice, and was instructed to collect them from the d'Antin Ducati pit box at the end of the first qualifying session.

However, what he didn't expect was for Xaus to insist that he tried the leathers on for size there and then – in front of the rest of the team and the world's press! To Xaus' amusement Ximo removed his trousers and squeezed into the leathers, with cameras flashing all around him.

Xaus' legion of female fans will regret not having bid for the leathers themselves as the former World Superbike star lent a Ximo a helping hand, zipping up the leathers and then throwing in a free pair of gloves for his sportsmanship.

On his qualifying performance today Xaus, who finished thirteenth, commented: "It wasn't an easy day because it was windy and was quite cold. Furthermore the track was a little dirty and that means the grip levels leave a little to be desired for everyone, as the times showed.

"This is a complicated circuit, where you have to have everything spot on to get good times and in certain sections it was hard to feel comfortable, because when you are on an aggressive bike with sharp power delivery it's even harder.

"We'll keep on working tomorrow to make it as good as possible in this last race of the year in front of an incredible crowd.

"I raced here before in Superbikes, but there were a lot less people here and ever since I got here this week, I have received nothing but great support and it's brilliant to feel that, so I'll be doing everything I can to repay it."

Click the link at the top of the page to watch our video footage of the unforgettable handover.

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