The USGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicked off on Thursday with the Riders for Health Day of Stars, a fundraising event that included a group ride along the scenic Monterrey Peninsula and private tours of the MotoGP pit boxes lead by American Grand Prix legend, Randy Mamola.
One of the highlights of the day’s events was the signing of the Rossi Yamaha M1. A project conceived by Daytona 200 winner Don Emde, the one of a kind street bike was signed by Valentino Rossi and will be auctioned this fall, all proceeds from the sale going to benefit Riders for Health.
Riders for Health is based in the UK, and since the late 1980s has worked in Africa to facilitate basic health care in the continent’s many remote towns and villages via the use of motorcycles. Started by Randy Mamola and Andrea and Barry Coleman, Riders for Health reaches almost 11 million people in Africa, and is the official charity of MotoGP and motorcycle sport’s ruling body, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).
The Day of Stars wrapped up with an auction of unique signed items from the MotoGP paddock, raising over $30,000 for the charity thanks to the generous donations from riders and teams, the hard work of many volunteers, and the financial support of race fans.
If you want to find out more, or get involved with Riders for Health, visit the organization’s website at: www.riders.org
Photo: © 2010 Scott Jones Photography