From September 3-10 the charity organization Riders for Health sponsored their biggest ever online auction in order to raise money for health care workers in Africa.
The lead item at the auction was a 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle. This customized bike has been ridden by famous racers such as MotoGP's Cal Crutchlow, Moto2's Scott Redding and World Superbike champion James Toseland.
Featured items included street bike riding gear and motorcycle accessories, many of which have been signed by some of the biggest names in motorsports. Memorabilia from riders such as Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso and Ben Spies were available to bid on.
Other prizes included tours of the Sky Sports studios in London and the opportunity to watch races live from the broadcast studio.
As the official charity of MotoGP and the FIM, Riders for Health is striving to provide health care workers in Africa with motorcycles and other four-wheel vehicles to aid in transportation around rural communities. The organization then trains the workers to ride and maintain the bikes for optimum safety and use.
Riders for Health reports that its efforts have improved access to health services for 12.5 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, and this auction is another way to help the motorcycle community give back.