Lorenzo's art highlight of charity day
The annual pre-British Grand Prix Day of Champions event at Donington Park raised a total of £177,000 for MotoGP's official charity Riders for Health. Among the highlights was an auction of memorabilia and event packages that included a unique original oil painting by Jorge Lorenzo.
The artwork featured a map of Africa with the Yamaha rider's trademark 'Lorenzo Land' flag and the slogan 'Peace and Love for Africa'. It sold for £2,300 at the auction.
"I was very good at art at school, always taking first prize," Lorenzo explained. "Then I discovered girls and did not paint for many years...
"About this [painting], I think for a long time about it. It is a map of the great island of Africa with my flag in it.
"I think that if we do small things like this, like we do here, maybe we can start to solve the problems of Africa."
Day of Champions organiser Andrea Coleman said that when Lorenzo was offered paper and watercolours for the painting, he replied: "Bring me canvas and oils!"
Over 4,500 people attended the event, which had its best ever advance sales.