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MotoGP vs Covid-19: riders, teams and sponsors unite in the fight

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From Valentino Rossi to Marc Marquez, the MotoGP paddock pull together to try and do its part to fight Covid-19
The global coronavirus crisis has created a global reaction, including from the MotoGP paddock and all those who make our sport what it is. That includes riders, teams, sponsors, partners and everyone in between as we all pull together to try and do our part to fight Covid-19.

The official charity of MotoGP, Two Wheels for Life, recently launched a campaign alongside Dorna Sports to raise funds for their work to combat Covid-19, with the world first Red Bull Virtual Grand Prix of Spain in aid of the cause. Funds raised will go towards the delivery of test results, education and equipment to hard to reach communities across a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other deadly contagious diseases – all in the name of MotoGP.

A number of MotoGP riders have made key contributions, including reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez and teammate Alex Marquez, as the two Repsol Honda Team riders doted equipment to the Hospital Universitari Arnau de Vilanova in their local city of Lleida, Catalonia.

Valentino Rossi's (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) VR46 Srl has come together with a number of other businesses in their area to raise and donate funds to acquire new respirators for l'Azienda Ospedaliera Marche Nord, and the number 46 himself has also carried out a number of morale boosting actions – including surprising a 102-year-old fan of his who beat the virus by getting in touch via video call, and recording a number of different video messages for those affected. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) has also been an active presence in and around his hometown. The Yamaha rider purchased a significant number of Covid-19 test kits to allow care home Residencia Europalau to test all staff and residents for the virus on a regular basis, and has donated masks and protective screens to University Hospital de Girona Doctor Josep Trueta and Hospital de Santa Caterina, both in Girona.

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