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Sep 25, 2001

Kenny Roberts To Auction Off Valencia Podium Hat For Disaster Relief

From a Team Suzuki press release:

AUCTION TO OWN KENNY'S BASEBALL CAP - PROCEEDS TO THE NEW YORK FIRE DEPARTMENT

Team Telefónica MoviStar Suzuki rider Kenny Roberts Jr is auctioning the New York Fire Department cap he wore onto the podium at Valencia last weekend - with all proceeds going directly to the fire fighters and the rescue fund to help families of the recent terrorist attack on the US.

Reigning World Champion Roberts is from California and was deeply shocked by the attack on his home country.

He said: "My heart goes out to the victims of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, also to the innocent passengers on the hi-jacked jets. My thoughts are with their families and loved ones right now.

"I wore the New York City Fire Department cap onto the podium and through the television press conference as a mark of my admiration and respect for the rescue teams working on the scene. And also to mark the tragic deaths of the rescue workers who were caught in the towers when they collapsed. It is only a small gesture, but if I can help in any way, then I shall try. I am hoping that the baseball cap I wore can be auctioned, with the proceeds going to the rescue and recovery effort. This is a good opportunity for the motorcycling community to show its compassion for the innocent victims of these attacks."

Roberts has signed and dated the cap. If you would like to bid for the cap, then please contact us by e-mail at press@suzuki-racing.com. The closing date for the auction is Friday, October 12. The highest bidder will be notified by e-mail and a story posted on the www.suzuki-racing.com website shortly after.

E-MAIL YOUR BID NOW TO press@suzuki-racing.com