An Italian charity for autistic children has received 17,000 euros thanks to a paddock scooter used by Valentino Rossi during the MotoGP championship.
The factory Yamaha-branded Giggle 50 raised 17,000 euros for an Italian charity after a few frantic bids, suggesting that there was a hefty desire for the Valentino Rossi paddock scooter.
The auction earlier this year called Minardi Day featured a sale of two- and four-wheeled motorsport collectibles. The Italian organization that studies pediatric autism will get the auction’s revenues.
Considering the nine-time world championship’s fame, wealthy collectors of motorcycles have the desire to top off their collections with vehicles that he either owned, rode, or raced. The likelihood for us commoners to own a piece of Rossi’s history is comparatively limited, even though a charity auction is producing an oddity. Race-ridden MotoGP bikes cost hundreds of thousands of pounds.
It is signed by Rossi, with the color scheme from the 2008–2009 racing year, and has even been used at several MotoGP events. But regrettably, it’s a 3hp Yamaha Giggle 50cc scooter that he rode in the championship’s European rounds, not a thoroughbred with a proven track record.
All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Medea La Nostra Famiglia, a nonprofit organization that studies autism in young children.
A Giggle 50cc in the will cost you between £1,500 and £2,500, but Rossi’s old bike’s auction started at €7,000, and the sale is expected to bring in between €12,000 and €15,000! That might be inexpensive in comparison to his race-ready bikes (his Ducati GP11 sold for €245,700!)