If you want to buy a very rare and beautiful piece of history, you might want to check out the RM Auctions 2012 Monaco sale at the Grimaldi Forum on 11-12 May.
Among the lots for sale will be a Ducati Desmosedici GP10 raced by Casey Stoner, and a GP11 raced by Valentino Rossi.
The bikes will be presented directly from the Ducati Corse racing department within the Ducati factory in Bologna, Italy and offered under reserve.
Peter Wallman, specialist at RM Auctions – Europe commented, “Ducati represents the pinnacle of two-wheeled desirability, with a reputation for world-beating performance and unmistakable design. We are very excited to be working with them and to have this exclusive opportunity to offer items that are not normally available to the public.”
Built in the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna on 7-11 December 2009, Casey Stoner’s Desmosedici GP10 “CS1” was first started for bench testing on 14 December 2009 before being track tested by the Australian in Sepang, on 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, taking Stoner to podium positions in Valencia, Assen and Catalunya.
Its final Grand Prix was in Valencia, November 2010 having logged a total of 4232km.
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 with Rossi was carried out in the February 2011 Sepang tests and competed in the Qatar Grand Prix the following month.
It recorded a podium position at Le Mans in May 2011 and competed in its last race at the Dutch TT in Assen, having logged a total of 2342km.
“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 Ducati Corse Director, Filippo Preziosi. “The Desmosedici GP10 and GP11 were two very interesting bikes in our GP project history and will represent exciting opportunities for serious collectors.”
RM’s Monaco auction will also offer the private Saltarelli Collection of historic Ducati motorcycles at the same event, providing a celebration of Ducati history.
For more information, visit rmauctions.com