Having been signed by 12 motorcycling World Champions, a “Stop-Cancer” helmet has been auctioned off for a record-breaking £200,000, (€255,000), all of which will be donated to charity and in doing so becomes the most expensive helmet in the world.
Alberto Hernandez is a Spanish university student who has always been a huge fan of motorcycling. His great passion for two-wheeled sport led him to meet his compatriot Oscar Haro, a member of the CWM LCR Honda Team run by former grand prix winner Lucio Cecchinello. Through their friendship the pair came up with the idea of a project to collect funds for AECC, (Spanish Association against Cancer) (www.aecc.es) and Riders For Health (www.riders.org), the official charity of MotoGP.
Their plan was to create a pink helmet, the colour associated with many cancer research charities, then to get it signed by some of the most famous riders in motorcycling history. They would then put it up for auction and donate the proceeds to charity. No sooner said, than it was done.
Giacomo Agostini, Angel Nieto, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Márquez, Dani Pedrosa, Wayne Rainey, Loris Capirossi, Àlex Crivillé, Wayne Gardner, Scott Russell and Randy Mamola; These are the names of some of the sport’s greatest ever champions who put their support behind the initiative and autographed the helmet. 12 World Champions, whose careers combined make a total of 58 world titles. The helmet also got the approval and autograph of the CEO of Dorna Sports (MotoGP promoters), Carmelo Ezpeleta.
Thanks to the collaboration of the legends from both past and present, as well as help from Dorna, TV stations, Radio, Press and Social Media the charity project was seen by over 10 million people across the world. With so much effort put in to promoting the auction, fate also had a hand in the record purchase.
Anthony Constantinou, CEO of CWM FX and the Title Sponsor of the CWM LCR Honda Team from 2015, was at Valencia for the last race of the MotoGP season. Having heard about the auction, he decided to take part online and offered up a staggering sum of £200,000 (€255,000), which left everyone involved speechless.
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CWM LCR Honda’s Jack Miller has undergone successful surgery on his right shoulder today at the Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. The Australian had four loose screws removed from an old right collarbone injury, and the operation was performed by the MotoGP medical team’s renowned Dr. Xavier Mir. The 19year old rookie will take some days off from his rigorous training regime and is looking forward to starting his preparation for 2015.
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Today in Malaysia saw the last of the on-track action in 2014 for the CWM LCR Honda Team and their rookie rider Jack Miller, as they concluded a three-day test at the Sepang International Circuit.
The 19 year-old Aussie has made significant progress over the past three days as he prepares the huge step up from the Moto3 World Championship to the elite of MotoGP in 2015. With help from HRC the team are gradually revealing more complex aspects of the Open electronics package on the Honda RC213V-RS, and with more time spent on the bike Miller admitted he felt increasingly comfortable, despite a small lowside spill in the morning.
After having completed a long run out on track in the afternoon the testing session was once again halted, as it had been the previous two days, when rain fell just after 4pm. However the Queenslander had already improved on his best lap of the test, with a quickest time of 2’02.9.
Miller now flies to back to Europe, where he will undergo a small operation at the Dexeus University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. The Australian will have four loose screws removed from an old right collarbone injury, and the operation will be performed by the MotoGP medical team’s renowned Dr. Xavier Mir.
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On his second day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, Jack Miller upped his pace by nearly two seconds as he continued his apprenticeship on board the CWM LCR Honda RC213V-RS.
Track conditions were much improved from the first day of testing, and the Australian was able to consistently make progress as he and his team work to adapt the new bike to his requirements.
Dark clouds hung over the circuit for the majority of the day, but before they dropped their payload at 4pm in the afternoon as per usual, Miller was able to complete a best lap of 2’03.1, compared to a 2’04.9 on day one.
CWM LCR Honda’s final test of the year concludes tomorrow at Sepang, with the 19 year-old hoping to get in a couple of long runs to test out his fitness over a race distance.
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One half of the CWM-LCR Honda Team began the first of three test days at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia today, as preparations for the 2015 season continued before the testing ban comes into force during December and January.
As a rookie to MotoGP next season, the team’s new recruit Jack Miller is entitled to extra test days in order to smooth the transition to the premier class, and was joined out on the 5.543 km (3.444 mile) circuit by various test riders. Temperatures were cooler than during the scorching October race at the track, peaking at around 32°C, but with only four riders testing the surface took a while to clean.
The Australian, who joins the motorcycling elite after finishing as the championship runner-up in Moto3, was able to put in 39 laps of the track on his new Honda RC213V-RS until light rain at 4pm brought a halt to any further progress.
Testing continues at Sepang for Miller and the CWM LCR Honda Team on Thursday and Friday, where the 19 year-old will hope for better conditions to carry on with his adaptation to the new bike. Visit the section