Bautista’s Laguna Seca ‘Hope for Japan’ helmet up for auction now

Rizla Suzuki's Álvaro Bautista and Troy Lee Designs are showing their on-going support for the relief efforts following the tragic events in Japan earlier this year, by holding an auction for the actual custom painted Shoei helmet worn by Álvaro Bautista during the USGP race in Laguna Seca.

This beautiful paint-scheme has been created by Troy Lee Designs' Japanese designer Maki Ushiroyama and features all the flags of the fourteen countries on the MotoGP calendar, with pride of place going to the Japanese 'Nisshōki' or 'Hinomaru' – as it is more commonly known – on the top of the helmet. The colours of all nations is to represent the global support for Japan following the tragedy in March and an added message in Japanese translates as 'Ganbare Nippon', which literally means 'Cheer up Japan, do your best and don't give up!'  This is the actual helmet worn and raced at Laguna by Bautista, and features some road-rash after he low-sided his Suzuki GSV-R while battling for a top-six finish.  The helmet is also personally signed by Bautista and Troy Lee.

Click here  to follow this auction on eBay and bid on this exclusive helmet, or follow this link‏to see a cool video from TLD showing the process of producing this fantastic design for Bautista at Laguna Seca.

The bidding for this special helmet began on Thursday 1st September and will run for 10 days, ending Sunday 11th September, with all the proceeds from this one-off auction going directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society to help the people of that country as they continue to re-build following the tragic events earlier this year. Any other donations received through your country’s Red Cross or Red Crescent Society will be used for Japanese Red Cross relief and early recovery activities, for example, for the purchase of a set of electric household appliances for people moving into purpose-built temporary houses and the provision of specially-equipped beds for elderly people who requires special care.  As of 18th August 2011, JPY 40.6 billion (over €370,000,000) has been donated through National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world.