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.