Alex Briggs, Valentino Rossi’s mechanic and A&R super friend, has put together the ultimate Ducati MotoGP experience auction, with all proceeds going towards the disaster relief efforts for the flooding in Australia. Called the worst flood in Australia in the past 50 years, the waters have hit the states of Queensland and Victoria with devastating affect since December 2010 (damages are being estimated in the 10’s of billions of dollars), causing Briggs to want to do something for his home country (most of Rossi’s crew hails from Australia as well).
Bringing his cause before Ducati MotoGP Project Director Alessandro Cicognani, the Marlboro Ducati team has gotten behind Briggs’ desire to help his home country, and has put together an attractive offer to help bring awareness to the floods, and raise some money for the disaster relief effort in the form of an eBay auction that will help raise money for the flood victims. Check after the jump for a full description of the auction details.
The winner of the eBay auction will receive the following, with all proceeds going to help Australian flood victims:
- 2 Pit Passes for race day to the MotoGP Paddock at the race of the winner’s choice during the 2011 MotoGP Season
- A guided tour by Alex Briggs of the Ducati MotoGP Team Garage at that race on race day
- Lunch in the Ducati MotoGP Team Hospitality Unit on race day
- A chance to meet all the team
- And a Ducati “goodie pack” (Briggs describes this as “whatever I can rustle up for you”)
“Seeing Australia experience the worst floods on record, many people contacted me on Twitter asking how they could help. I directed them to the relief appeal at www.qld.gov.au/floods but I felt like I wanted to do something more for the Relief Appeals in QLD and VIC. After reading that a few people in sport had started auctioning prizes to raise money, I decided as an Australian mechanic working for Valentino Rossi in the Ducati MotoGP team, that I could do something similar that would appeal to MotoGP fans.”
“So with the help of Alessandro Cicognani at Ducati, I am able to auction what I think is pretty cool and proceeds will be donated to the QLD Flood Relief Appeal and the Red Cross who are coordinating the Victorian Flood Relief (I am still waiting on authorisation from the Red Cross. As soon as I have it I will amend this auction information).”
When he’s not talking about kangaroos, boomerangs, and dingos, you’ll find Alex Briggs in the Ducati Corse garage wrenching on Valentino’s Desmosedici GP11. One of the nicest people you’ll find in the paddock, Briggs was second-runner up in the fictional MotoGP Beauty Contest. You can follow him on twitter by clicking these strangely colored words.