Although the Laguna Seca MotoGP is this weekend, let’s have a look at the other US based MotoGP race; the Indianapolis MotoGP held on the 14th of September. The Indianapolis circuit is a globally known circuit thanks to the Indy 500 races. There aren’t many people in the world not to have heard of the race, and therefore, having the MotoGP race there is a very good thing indeed.
There’s an international motorcycle charity group, called Riders, who help African nations by supplying motorcycles and technical knowledge (mechanics, maintenance, etc) to help health logistics in these countries. Often medical help can only reach remote villages by motorcycles, and Riders donate everything they need to be able to function.
Many celebrities have already assisted Riders; singer Elton John donated 120 motorcycles, actors Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman were their goodwill ambassadors when doing the “Long Way Down” ride through Africa, singer Bono (U2 lead singer) donated his personal Ducati motorcycle. The patron of the charity is none other that the British Royal Princess, former Ducati CEO, Frederico Minoli is on the Board of Directors.
Many MotoGP stars participate, Chris Vermeulen, James Toseland, Shinya Nakano to name a few. Many have donated time, money and stuff to be auctioned. Former MotoGP world champion, Randy Mamola, is part of the Riders team.
Riders have very interesting auctions for most MotoGP races. They auction off Premium Passes for the whole weekend of the Indianapolis MotoGP race, starting Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th of September. The passes give you access to almost everywhere (I suspect Rossi’s trailer is off limits), paddocks, stands and VIP hospitalities areas.
If you’re going to want to see a MotoGP race up close and personal, it’s the only way to see it.
By bidding for a pass, you not only get the chance to see the race it was intended to be seen, but you also get the help a worthwhile charity, made by bikers.
So what are you waiting for.... bidding ends 08/31/2008. Minimum bid is €1.