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Day of Champions raises record amount in charity auction

Day of Champions raises record amount in charity auction

Day of Champions raises record amount in charity auction

Thousands of fans turned out at Donington Park on Thursday, joining the stars of the MotoGP World Championship to raise record amounts of money for motorcycling's own charity, Riders for Health. The final total for the day looks set to be nearly £172,000 which will make a fantastic difference to the life-saving programmes of the charity.

The traditional memorabilia auction, which saw the stars donating items to Riders for Health to be then sold off to collectors and fans alike, was once again the main attraction for most of the crowd, as the riders came on stage to present leathers, helmets and other equipment, as well as team uniforms, t-shirts and unique memorabilia to raise almost £62,000.

Leathers from Hofmann, Nakano, Byrne, Gibernau, Melandri, Barros and Edwards all fetched fantastic prices, as did helmets from Bayliss, Hopkins, Roberts, Rossi, Checa, Biaggi, Hayden and Casey Stoner. Boots from Capirossi and Elias, and gloves from Roberto Rolfo were well-received, while caps from Ruben Xaus fetched £100 each.

Makoto Tamada's unique Batman leathers and helmet from the Assen TT caused quite a stir in the crowd, and were both snapped up by one lucky bidder for an incredible £5,600. Meanwhile, Laguna Seca winner Nicky Hayden entered into the spirit of the occasion by taking off both his jacket and jeans on stage to add two unexpected lots to the auction. The jeans were sold to Leigh Whitbread for £500, and were signed by Nicky as a surprise gift for Leigh's girlfriend, Charlotte.

As ever the dedication of the fans proved astonishing, with one generous bidder claiming Troy Bayliss' helmet and jacket, Valentino Rossi's cap, and a pillion ride with Randy Mamola for a total of £5,100. Brits Shane Byrne, James Ellison and Chaz Davies were popular with their home crowd. Crowd-pleaser Colin Edwards rounded off the day in style, delighting fans as he threw free t-shirts and caps into the crowd, while his leathers fetched an impressive £2,500.


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