World Ducati Week 2018 was this past weekend, and the event saw 90,000 people show up at the Misano World Circuit (for reference, about 150,000 fans show up to the race track on a MotoGP weekend).
While there is plenty at the race track for loyal Ducatisti to see, the crown jewel of WDW2018 was the Race of Champions, which saw a number of Ducati riders battling in sprint race, on race-prepped Ducati Panigale V4 S superbikes.
If seeing riders like Andrea Dovizioso, Marco Melandri, and Troy Bayliss banging bars wasn’t enough for you, the liveries on the Panigale V4 race bikes were truly eye-catching.
Wisely, Ducati is making these 12 special machines available, in a public auction on eBay, which will go until 6pm (CET) on Saturday, July 28th.
As of this writing, Ducati’s auction is going quite well, and we are not surprised to see the Troy Bayliss bike commanding the highest bid – €82,700 as of this writing.
For those looking for more of a bargain, Xavier Simeon’s bike (a last minute replacement for the injured Chaz Davies) is going for €28,500 – a modest €600 premium over what a Panigale V4 S sells for in Italy.
Race-winner Michele Pirro’s bike is currently bid at €40,150 and features a stunning factory livery from the MotoGP team.
It is also of note that Andrea Dovizioso’s bike (€41,000) is just slightly ahead of Jorge Lorenzo’s Panigale V4 S in the current bids (€40,700), if that gives any indication of where the loyalties reside amongst the Ducati faithful.
In case you missed the Race of Champions, we have it below. It takes a while for the racing to get under way, and Bologna still hasn’t figured out that World Ducati Week is a global event, so most of the commentary is in Italian.
The racing isn’t that spectacular either, though we have to give Tito Rabat a shout out – he clearly didn’t get the memo that this was all for fun, and we appreciate his hard racing. The current €30,650 bid for his bike betrays the effort he showed at Misano.