News 19 Jun 2009

General: Rare MotoGP replica Suzuki GSX-R1000 for eBay auction

Suzuki Australia:

Australian motorcycle enthusiasts will be able to stake their claim for a rare, MotoGP-liveried version of  Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 in an international charity auction.

Suzuki International Europe is putting the special-edition, 2008 GSX-R1000 up for grabs in a 10-day auction from 25 June, with proceeds split between two major international aid organisations, Riders for Health and Wings for Life.

A replica of Aussie MotoGP ace Chris Vermeulen’s machine, the GSX-R1000 is number 7 of the 200 limited edition models built featuring Suzuki’s distinctive Blue MotoGP livery and sponsor logos.

The winner of the auction will also receive a limited edition helmet and a VIP package for the German Grand Prix in July.

Two people will enjoy the Sachsenring MotoGP action with grandstand seats, access to Suzuki’s corporate hospitality, a pit tour, merchandise and two nights accommodation*.

Vermeulen and team-mate Loris Capirossi will present the winning bidder with their new GSX-R1000 at an official function.

“Our recent Suzuki Victorian Bushfire Appeal received great support from the international motorcycle community,” Perry Morison, General Manager, Motorcycles, Suzuki Australia said.

“Now, this international auction gives Australian fans a chance to return the favour and get behind two worthwhile causes by bidding for the sensational prize.

“The MotoGP replica, 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is a superb motorcycle, and a weekend at the German Grand Prix would be one to remember.”

Riders for Health is the official aid organisation of the FIM, supporting the development of African nations by providing reliable transport to health workers on the continent.

The Wings for Life Spinal Research Foundation works to support and accelerate the scientific advancement and medical research of healing a paraplegia in consequence of spinal injury (“SCI”).

Bidding on the limited-edition Suzuki GSX-R1000 starts at 7:30pm Thursday 25 June, (Central European Daylight Saving Time), wrapping up on Sunday 5 July.

The auction can be found at www.ebay.de/starsandcharity.

* German Grand Prix package excludes travel.

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