Online Auction of Exclusive MotoGP paddock passes Benefits Riders

[With less than two weeks until the hotly anticipated 2012 MotoGP season kicks-off in Qatar, MotoGP and the Championship's official charity - Riders for Health - are offering fans the chance to bid for exclusive 'premium paddock passes' in a series of online auctions at

Excitement is building for the new MotoGP season as 2012 will see the introduction of the new 1000cc motorcycle engines. The grid size will also be increasing due to the arrival of several privateer teams making this year the most exciting championship for years.

Thanks to a generous donation from MotoGP, you could be watching all the action from inside the exclusive MotoGP paddock. The auction for the first race at Qatar on April 5th - 8th, closes at 22.00 (GMT +1) on Sunday, April 1st, so make sure you visit today to place your bid.

**MotoGP has donated a pair of paddock passes for each race on the calendar and every race has its own auction. Fans can choose to bid for the one closest to them or choose from one of the 18 international destinations visited by MotoGP and turn the race weekend into a vacation! **

Paddock passes for the first six races up to the British MotoGP at Silverstone on June 15th-17th are available now at . Keep a look out on the Riders for Health website as the remaining races will be added soon.

All of the money raised from the sale of the passes will support Riders for Health's ground-breaking programs in Africa and help to change the lives of millions of people.

These extremely limited passes are available exclusively on the Riders for Health website. For a once in a lifetime chance to experience behind the scenes of MotoGP, visit to place a bid.

In 2011 the sale of paddock passes raised an incredible $38,000 for Riders programs. This support will help to mobilize health workers across seven countries in Africa with reliable motorcycles and train local technicians so that the vehicles never break down. Every year the support of MotoGP and its fans helps Riders for Health to reach thousands of families across Africa with life-saving health care.

Please note: the auctions are only for paddock passes and do not include flights or accommodation. These paddock passes allow access to the race circuit and paddock for the whole race weekend, they do not give access to any hospitality suites or grandstands. Filming is not allowed in the paddock area. For more information please email [](mailto:

A list of GPs and the auction end dates for the first half of the season: [The online auctions for GPs from Assen, Netherlands, onwards and their closing dates will be released at a later date. All auctions close at 22:00 GMT+1.]

Losail, Qatar End date: April 1, 2012
Jerez, Spain End date: April 15, 2012
Estoril, Portugal End date: April 22, 2012
Le Mans, Franc End date: May 6, 2012
Catalunya, Spain End date: May 20, 2012
Silverstone, Great Britain End date: June 3, 2012

For more information contact:

Matthew Hann
+44 (0) 1604 889 570
+44 (0)7817 295 673