Stoner & Rossi’s Ducati MotoGP Bikes up for Auction

03/12/2012 @ 5:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

Stoner & Rossis Ducati MotoGP Bikes up for Auction Ducati Corse RM Auction Valentino Rossi GP10 CS1 02 635x447

It is pretty rare that a mere mortal can buy an actual MotoGP race bike, since at best machines of this caliber end up under lock & key in a museum somewhere, or at worse, in various pieces in the race department’s dumpster. But available directly from Ducati Corse at RM Auction’s Monaco event, lucky bidders will have a chance at buyingCasey Stoner’s race-winning Ducati Desmosedici GP10 and Valentino Rossi’s ill-fated Ducati Desmosedici GP11.

Offered under reserve, any potential bidder will also have to agree to a non-disclose agreement before Ducati will sign off on the purchase, but that seems like a small formality to undertake considering what is being offered. While we wouldn’t mind either Desmosedici decorating the A&R office space, the real question is which bike will command the higher price? Full-credit to The Doctor, but we think that the Ducati Desmosedici GP10 “CS1” would be the better investment piece.

“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’!” said Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse’s General and Technical Director. “The Desmosedici GP10 and GP11 were two very interesting bikes in our GP project history and therefore will represent exciting opportunities for serious collectors.”

Casey Stoner’s Ducati Desmosedici GP10 “CS1”
Built in the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna 7-11 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”
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.

In addition to the two Desmosedici race bikes, RM Auction will also have the private Saltarelli Collection of historic Ducati motorcycles (there are some seriously drool-worthy machines in this bunch). If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one of the Desmos up. For further information on RM’s upcoming Monaco sale, including a frequently updated list of auction offerings, contact RM’s London office on +44 20 7851 7070 or visit rmauctions.com.

Stoner & Rossis Ducati MotoGP Bikes up for Auction Ducati Corse RM Auction Valentino Rossi GP10 CS1 03 635x423

Stoner & Rossis Ducati MotoGP Bikes up for Auction Ducati Corse RM Auction Valentino Rossi GP11 VR2 04 635x423

Source: Ducati

Comment:

  1. david says:

    that non-disclosure agreement sucks. i’d love to know what these bikes fetch.

  2. The NDA refers to keeping whats under the fairings a secret, not the purchase price. It’s hard to have an auction without people knowing the price (not to mention it’s something RM will surely make a big hubbub about).

  3. Fabricosi says:

    Tragic. I wonder what’s led to their auction. Perhaps the sale of the company or their debt load (?)

    It would have been good to see them take their place in the museum.

  4. It is interesting that the bikes are up for auction right now. Even if they go for a million euros a pop, it’s going to be a drop in the bucket as far as that debt load is concerned. It does generate good buzz about Ducati though, which certainly could help some negotiations.

  5. 76 says:

    strange they are doing this with such current bikes.

  6. Steve Lang says:

    Honey?….Hooohney?….Have you seen my checkbook??? Hoooney???

  7. Keith says:

    hmm, shame I haven’t the dosh. They could keep those in their museum for me. All in all I’d rather their V8 over either one of those.

  8. irksome says:

    Well, okay; Ill take one. But only if I can ditch those damn Bridgestones.

  9. Richard Gozinya says:

    I can see perhaps Stoner’s going into their museum, he won on that bike. But Rossi’s? Wasn’t exactly a banner year for him or Ducati.

  10. BBQdog says:

    Who can check if you are not buying a bike build from spare parts with a nice Rossi or Stoner fairing around it ? I would only believe it’s a true Rossi or Stoner bike if you get it straight after a race and transport it yourself.

  11. Being auctioned off to the highest bidder isn’t necessarily a bad thing… as the article states, it is rare that these used machines end up in private hands. And, the company probably has their reasons. Financial concerns? Company museum too full?!

  12. stric says:

    as someone mentioned earlier, it wasn’t one of the stellar years for Ducati. If these were the actual winning bikes – not that I bad-mouth thee; they must be super awesome – then that auction would be all that much more worth it.

  13. luke says:

    someone take a stab at a price for stoner’s bike. I’ve got no idea what that would go for…

  14. CaptainPractical says:

    I just ran a Carfax and it says here “Salvaged Title.” It indicates that both bikes have been involved in several crashes. I wouldn’t pay anywhere near Bluebook for either of these bikes.