MotoGP recently celebrated its most successful Day of Champions yet. The annual event, which raises money for Riders for Health, a relief organization that brings motorcycles to aid workers in Africa to improve transportation in remote areas, generated $337,000 for the cause thanks to auctions of motorcycle gear and memorabilia - as well as some star power.
Big names from the world of motorsports were on hand to participate in the event. Top riders like Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez auctioned off some of their own motorcycle accessories and racing paraphernalia. Rossi was particularly impressive, going so far as to auction the hat off his head and encouraging his fans to donate. In the past 10 years of his relationship with Riders for Health, the Italian rider and his fans have raised almost $400,000, Motorcycle.com reported.
In addition to the gear, fans also bid on special VIP experiences, including special passes for upcoming MotoGP races, factory tours and track days. Motorsports enthusiasts can continue to enter a contest to win one special package regarding a weekend in Valencia, with participants able to apply through Oct. 14.