• RM Auctions teams up with Ducati to offer two Ducati Desmosedici GP machines in Monaco, 11th May
• Offering includes a GP10 raced by Casey Stoner and a GP11 raced by Valentino Rossi
• Sale also features the acclaimed Saltarelli Collection, one of the world’s most important private Ducati Collections
LONDON (12 March, 2012) - RM Auctions is delighted to announce the exclusive offering of two Ducati Desmosedici GP machines - a GP10 raced by Casey Stoner and GP11 raced by Valentino Rossi – at its highly anticipated Monaco sale, scheduled 11-12 May at the Grimaldi Forum.
Presented directly from the Ducati Corse racing department within the Ducati factory in Bologna, Italy, both machines represent “motorcycle exotica” at its most desirable and a genuine chance-of-a-lifetime purchase for international collectors.
Peter Wallman, RM Auctions – Europe comments, “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.”
“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’!” adds Ducati Corse General and Technical Director, Filippo Preziosi. “The Desmosedici GP10 and GP11 were two very interesting bikes in our GP project history and therefore will represent exciting opportunities for serious collectors.”
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” 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.
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Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Their motorcycles are characterised by “Desmodromic” performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles are divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike.
These authentic icons of “made in Italy” are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North-American and Asia Pacific markets. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.