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Sep 21, 2001

Ducati Relief Auction To Include Racetrack Rides With Bostrom And Bayliss

From a press release issued by Ducati North America:<BR><BR>Pompton Plains, NJ, September 21, 2001: Ducati has gathered together a host of priceless memorabilia, which they will auction off for charity at their Sotheby's Auction being held on Saturday, October 27 for Ducati Revs America<BR>at Las Vegas Speedway. The money raised from the auction will go to Riders for Health.<BR><BR>Dozens more tempting goods will go under the hammer, including: a brand new 1998 yellow 916, an original Ducati Corse team jacket and six racebike fairings used on the World Superbikes, each signed by at least one of the factory racers. There will be framed black and white photos of Ben Bostrom and Anthony Gobert, Carl Fogarty, as well as Lyle Lovett, all personally signed. Each of the photos were taken exclusively for the 1999 Ducati Year Book. There will also be a touching photo of the late Fabio Taglioni.<BR><BR>Other collectibles include Ducati Corse 2000 books, mounted disc brakes and a high quality team photo, all signed by Ducati racers. There will be a one-of-a-kind Ducati road racing bicycle constructed using a titanium frame provided by Litespeed and equipped with components provided by Campagnolo, the world leaders in high performance cycling. Ogio, producer of the world's best golf bags, have donated an assortment of Ducati golf bags and carriers. And rock legend, Sammy Hagar, has given one of his personally signed guitars to be auctioned.<BR><BR>Ducati hopes to raise at least $50,000 for Riders for Health, a unique organization focused on solving one problem: ensuring the reliability and longevity of motorcycles and other vehicles used in child immunization and primary health operations in Africa.<BR><BR>There will also be a separate auction, for a chance to ride passenger with Ducati's World Superbike heroes, that will raise money for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Two lucky bidders will have the chance to do three flying laps of Las Vegas Speedway as passengers to Ben Bostrom and our new World Champion, Troy Bayliss.<BR><BR>In addition to the auction items, other DRA prizes include a 2001 Monster 750 compliments of Ducati Cycle Insurance, a Foggy replica scooter from Malaguti and 12 race-replica Suomy helmets. Dunlop Tires have already donated six sets of tires that will be won by six lucky DRA registrants.<BR><BR>Keep a close eye on www.ducati.com for additional items being added to the auction list. We also encourage you to visit www.ridersforhealth.com to find out more about this important charity that has been largely responsible for the immunisation of thousands of African men, women and children.