March 15 2010.

A Suzuki GSX-R1000 built especially for grand prix legend Kevin Schwantz has found a new home at Palmers Motorbikes, Hemel Hempstead.

Palmers Motorbikes Director Danny Palmer collected the bike from Suzuki GB Headquarters on 24 February. He was the winning bidder at the glittering 2009 BEN Ball. The bike was kindly donated to BEN by Suzuki and raised £9,500 for the charity on the night.

Charles David, BEN's Director of Fundraising and Communications said: "We would like to extend our appreciation to Danny for bidding on Kevin Schwantz's amazing bike. I'm certain it will become a real talking point in his showroom. This beautiful machine was generously donated by Suzuki, who have been ardent supporters of BEN for many years. Their support of BEN is invaluable and has helped us to reach out to thousands of our colleagues in the industry in times of hardship and distress."

Suzuki GB Sales and Marketing Director and BEN Trustee David Taylor commented:  "Naturally we are delighted to support BEN and equally pleased that the donation of this special GSX-R has achieved additional funding for the charity. With all charities under pressure from recession induced drops in giving, I hope the motorcycle industry can dig deep this coming year too."