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MotoGP shows its support at Sachsenring

MotoGP shows its support at Sachsenring

MotoGP shows its support at Sachsenring

While the torrential rain at the British GP should have been enough to dampen even the hardiest of spirits, the generosity of the MotoGP paddock was still very much in evidence at the Sachsenring the following weekend. Despite soaring temperatures at the German circuit, organisers, teams, riders, fans and volunteers worked together to raise vital funds for Riders for Health - the official charity of MotoGP.

Merely a week after Day of Champions, the riders were out in force again, treating lucky fans to a pit-lane walkabout. Local boy Alex Hofmann, Kenny Roberts Jr, Max Biaggi, Shinya Nakano, Roberto Rolfo, John Hopkins, Shane Byrne, James Ellison and Colin Edwards all turned out to sign autographs and chat to the fans, with Colin even repeating his Donington trick of throwing free t-shirts into the crowd.

Their 250cc colleagues Roberto Locatelli, Casey Stoner and Chaz Davies proved just as popular with the fans, as did Jorge Lorenzo, Hector Barbera, Sebastian Porto, Gabor Talmacsi, Pablo Nieto and Matia Passini.

Later, the racers proved that they are as talented on the pitch as on the track, with a charity football match. The change of scene did not, however, mean the action was any less competitive!

Meanwhile a team of dedicated volunteers from Riders Germany raised over 1300 euros with a tombola and a stand selling the coveted Riders for Health orange wristbands. During the weekend they also presented Andrea Coleman with a cheque for over 2000 euros - the result of their sell-out Riders for Health calendar.

The money raised will make a huge difference in supporting Riders for Health's life-saving African programmes, helping health workers to deliver vital health care to some of the continent's most remote and vulnerable communities.

MotoGP, 2005

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