Helping send off Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden on their 2011 MotoGP Championship season, Ducati is holding a big event in downtown Bologna on Friday night. Naturally of course the two MotoGP riders will need something to make an entrance with, and Ducati thought this would be the perfect time to tap its Monster Art program for some Rossi/Hayden GP replica paint schemes that take their cues from the duo’s Ducati Desmosedici GP11 race bikes.

The first of what is surely to be many Ducati motorcycles to have the yellow “46” on them, we’re still having some trouble getting used to the neon yellow/Rosso Corsa combo, but we’re this will be the best selling livery in Ducati Monster Art personalization package. Wake us up when the Ducati Superbike 1198 Rossi Rep comes out.

Source: Ducati

  • Let me prefix this by stating I’m a big fan of Vale and I can’t be happier he’s joined forces with Ducati for this MotoGP season. Results thus far aside, the marriage is epic on its own. Also, I ride a Ducati myself (an S2R) and have always admired the brand as a whole.

    But seriously, this mix of VR46 graphics and the Monster lines couldn’t clash more. I’m happy how it’s turned out on the Desmosedici and I’m sure there will be livery available for the 1198-esque super bikes, but for nakeds like this, this isn’t working imo.


  • keet

    ducati IS the italian harley-davidson… where merchandising matters more than the motorbikes.

  • froryde

    Sad to say that I have to agree with Keet there. Ducati’s become such a brand whore over the last few years…

  • Richard Gozinya

    Ducati might be a brand whore, but to compare them to Harley really isn’t fair. Ducati actually invests in R&D, improves their bikes, develops new tech, everything an actual motorcycle company does. Harley, on the other hand, well, we don’t need to go into detail on that one. They couldn’t even put the XR1200 on par with a Buell Lightning.

    As to the paintjob, the yellow parts make me want to vomit, but the white actually looks pretty good.

  • Bones

    It was only a matter of time. I wonder why it took them so long to create the new graphics. Which in the case of Rossi’s 46 is rather appaling. Hope they change it further down the road

  • BBQDog

    If you would want something like this go to the sticker shop and let them
    make someting like this. You can always take it off and it will safe you
    a lot of money.

  • Nobody

    Looks like a McDonald’s Ducati. The Catsup and Mustard graphics might work on an 1198 (and help sell a few to those who need a good reason to buy the soon to be obsolete model), but on a Monster?

    Additionally, it would seem both more logical and more profitable to have Rossi tune a machine (different clip ons/ergos/suspension tweaks?) than to have him in charge of the graphics.

  • ed

    almost as pukey as the Rever Corsa/Christian Audigier Monster “collabo”

  • AlexOnTwoWheels

    Boy the 69 looks great, but the Vale version is straight up fugly!

  • mrbubbles

    I’m a fan of Rossi and what his contributions to the sport, as well as the bikes he helped develop and the technology that we end up benefiting from. However, every time I see the yellow and red combo, it reminds me of McDonald’s ,and I end up jonesing for super-sized french fries.

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  • MikeD

    Danm NoBody & mrbubbles, they beated me to it. lmao.

    Anyways, yes…whats with the McDonald’s paint colors combo ?

  • Bones

    I think the real contribution of Rossi will become obvious with the next gen superbike they work on. And maybe there we’ll even see a “Rossi Button” with the settings of the champ. But I think the real context of cooperation between Rossi and Ducati will be the re-orientation of the italian machines, bringing them closer to “mainstream” –a “civilian” version of what he is now trying to achieve with the GP11. It will be a pity if the whole “Rossi Experience” proves nothing more than some expensive “McDonald” versions of existing models. But I remember Burgess saying that the Rossi – Ducati affair would last 6 years. If that statement was not an error, it means Rossi and the Reds will keep together longer than his racing with the marque.

  • Other Sean

    Something MUST be wrong with me. I’ve been a vocal critic of these clashing colors, but for some reason I find it just shouty enough on this monster as to be kinda cool. It’s not too much, just a little bit. Maybe it works better for me on the Monster because there’s not miles of fully faired paint?

    I don’t know, but I authorize you all to flame me mercilously.

  • Bones

    It’s not what I expected from Vale. Usually his graphics appeal to me, but maybe this time Aldo Drudi could not put his master craft to work

  • mxs

    That looks silly at best. 46 on a street non-sport bike? Good that Ducati doesn’t make scooters …

  • Matt