Ducati MotoGP Machinery to Monaco RM Auctions
Two highly exclusive motorcycles will be going on the block at the Monaco RM Auctions this May – a Ducati GP10 raced by two-time MotoGP Champion Casey Stoner, and a GP11 raced by nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi.
Both Ducati Desmosedici GP motorcycles, which were used in various races, will be at the RM Auction held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco May 11-12.
The MotoGP machines were presented directly from the Ducati Corse racing department, and both represent "motorcycle exotica at its most desirable and a genuine chance-of-a-lifetime purchase for international collectors," RM Auctions reports.
Filippo Preziosi (Ducati Corse General and Technical Director) says: "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."
Peter Wallman (RM Auctions – Europe) says: "Ducati has a great heritage and represents the pinnacle of two-wheeled desirability with a reputation for great style and performance both on the race track and on the road.
"We’re very excited to be working with this world-beating manufacturer and to have this exclusive opportunity to offer items that are not normally available to the public. The sale offers an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire very unique pieces of Ducati history, not to be missed."
Following is the RM Auctions information on both Ducati MotoGP machines:
Built in the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna 7-11 December 2009, Casey Stoner’s Ducati Desmosedici GP10 "CS1" (pictured top) 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 6-10 December 2010 and was first started for bench testing two days later. VR2′s first track test for Rossi was carried out in the February 2011 Sepang tests and first competed in the Qatar Grand Prix the following month. It recorded a podium position at Le Mans, France in May 2011 and competed in its last race at the Dutch TT in Assen, having logged a total of 2,342km.
Both machines will be offered on 11 May alongside the acclaimed Saltarelli Collection, an important single-owner collection of 100 significant Ducati motorcycles, providing a wonderful celebration of the world-leading Italian marque.
For further information on RM’s upcoming Monaco sale, including an elite, handpicked selection of motor cars also poised for the auction podium, contact RM’s London office on +44 20 7851 7070 or visit rmauctions.com.Google+