Willing to spend vast sums of money on bikes you'd probably never ride? Here's your opportunity to bid for Stoner's and Rossi's Ducati Desmosedici GP10 and GP11 machines!
Ducati recently announced that two Desmosedici MotoGP racebikes – a GP11 ‘VR2’ raced by Valentino Rossi in 2011 and a GP10 ‘CS1’ raced by Casey Stoner in 2010 – will be put for sale. The bike will go on the block at RM Auctions' 2012 Monaco sale at the Grimaldi Forum on 11-12 May this year. Both machines come directly from the Ducati Corse racing department within the Ducati factory in Bologna, Italy.
‘Ducati represents the pinnacle of two-wheeled desirability with a reputation for world-beating performance and unmistakable design. We are very excited to be working with yet another leading manufacturer and to have this exclusive opportunity to offer items that are not normally available to the public,’ says Peter Wallman, specialist at RM Auctions.
Built at the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, in December 2009, Casey Stoner’s Ducati Desmosedici GP10 ‘CS1’ was first started for bench testing on 14 December 2009 before being track tested by the Australian rider in Sepang, Malaysia in February 2010. Stoner first competed with CS1 in Qatar in April 2010 and raced it to victory in the Australian GP at Phillip Island in October 2010. The machine took pole positions in Qatar, Phillip Island and Valencia and powered the Australian to podium positions in Valencia, Assen and Catalunya. Its final Grand Prix was in Valencia, November 2010 having logged a total of 4,232km.
Valentino Rossi’s Ducati Desmosedici GP11 ‘VR2’ was built at the Ducati factory in December 2010 and its first track test was carried out in the February 2011. Its first race was the 2011 Qatar Grand Prix and VR2 recorded a podium position at Le Mans, France, in May 2011. The bike competed in its last race at the Dutch TT in Assen, having logged a total of 2,342km.
‘The release of two very special machines like these is an extremely rare occasion for us, so the lucky buyer must not only enter into a confidentiality agreement, but also become a close member of the Ducati family. The Desmosedici GP10 and GP11 were two very interesting bikes in our GP project history and therefore will represent exciting opportunities for serious collectors,’ says Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse General and Technical Director.
For more details, please the official RM Auctions website.