Riders For Health Auctioning Exclusive Paddock Passes For Every MotoGP Race

The one place that everyone wants to be at a MotoGP race is in the paddock. Simultaneously, it is one of the most difficult places to get into, as, quite simply, Dorna does not sell passes into the paddock. The usual way - other than in a professional capacity, or working as a marshal - is to purchase a VIP package through one of the very few specialist travel companies authorized to issue paddock passes, such as our friends over at Pole Position Travel.

But now, MotoGP's (and MotoMatters.com's) official charity organization Riders For Health are providing an extra route into the paddock. Today, the charity announced that they will be auctioning off pairs of paddock passes for each of MotoGP's 18 races this season, with the money raised going towards Riders' outstanding work providing primary health care in Africa. If you want to get into the paddock and have a chance of meeting your own personal hero (be it Valentino Rossi, Bradley Smith or even Jerry Burgess), then read the press release below carefully, and dig deep for Riders.

Exclusive MotoGP paddock pass auction for Riders

Fans of MotoGP are being given the chance to get exclusive access to every MotoGP paddock thanks to Riders for Health and the organisers of MotoGP. The money raised from the sale of the passes will raise funds for Riders, the official charity of MotoGP, in a series of incredible online auctions.

This new MotoGP season is almost here again and in preparation, what will certainly be a fantastic year, MotoGP have donated two pairs of weekend ‘premium paddock passes’ for each race on the 2010 calendar to Riders for Health to auction on their website. To make your bid, visit http://www.riders.org/auction.aspx

Forget watching the race at home on the sofa, the two winning bidders and their guests will spend the whole GP weekend behind the scenes in the MotoGP paddock. For a chance to get hold of a pair of passes, just visit the online auction section by clicking here.

The first GP is in Qatar from the 10th-12th April, and the first auction closes at 22:00GMT+2 on 28th March 2010.

These passes aren’t on sale anywhere else. So the winning bidders can be sure they will have a truly exclusive chance to see behind the scenes of MotoGP. Only an extremely limited number of Premium Passes – which grant access to the MotoGP section of the paddock are available – so these passes really are very exclusive.

Each race has its own auction, so fans can bid for the GP closest to them – or the passes could be part of an amazing MotoGP holiday at one of the 18 circuits visited by MotoGP.

In 2009 the auction of paddock passes on our website helped to raise tens-of-thousands of pounds for Riders’ lifesaving work in Africa. The support of MotoGP and its fans is helping Riders to reach millions of people across Africa with regular health care. To find out more about Riders and MotoGP are saving lives with motorcycles, click here.

Please note that the auctions are only for paddock passes and do not include flights or accommodation. These Paddock Passes allow access to the race circuit and paddock for the whole race weekend, they do not give access to any hospitality suites, or grandstands. For more information on the auctions please email auctions@riders.org.

Full list of GPs and the premium paddock pass auction end dates. All auctions close at 22:00 GMT+2:

MotoGP Round              Auction end date (dd/mm/yyyy)
Losail, Qatar   28/03/2010
Motegi, Japan   11/04/2010
Jerez, Spain   18/04/2010
Le Mans, France   09/05/2010
Mugello, Italy   23/05/2010
Silverstone, Great Britain   06/06/2010
Assen, Netherlands   13/06/2010
Catalunya, Spain   20/06/2010
Sachsenring, Germany   04/07/2010
Laguna Seca, United States   11/07/2010
Brno, Czech Rep.   01/08/2010
Indianapolis, United States   15/08/2010
Misano, San Marino   22/08/2010
Balatonring, Hungary   05/09/2010
Sepang, Malaysia   26/09/2010
Phillip Island, Australia   03/10/2010
Estoril, Portugal   17/10/2010
Valencia, Spain   24/10/2010

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I was very disappointed to find out when I went to Laguna Seca in '07 with a paddock pass that I was unable to get into the MOTOGP paddock, which they neglected to mention when I bought the tickets. the best chance you'll get to see most of these riders is the 5 seconds it takes to walk from THEIR paddock to the pits, but if your lucky some of the lesser known ones are easier to talk to because no one really knows them (i've done this with both loris and casey back in '07, as well as with davide and honda's team manager at the time... it's good to be in the know)

I thought they always bragged about the Laguna round being the only one with paddock passes on sale to the public. But no MotoGP? That's what we call the old bait 'n switch.

Maybe when there's only 5 bikes on the grid there will be space for us unwashed masses. With 17 bikes on the grid, I can totally understand, though. 17 bikes is LOT!

I don't reckon I'd have a lot to say to anyone in the paddock, anyway. They probably just hand you a press release.