Casey Stoner’s 2010 MotoGP Ducati that won the Australian GP was bid to 172,430 euros at auction today in Monaco. The last Ducati to win a MotoGP race was being offered directly by Ducati for sale with a pre-auction estimate of 300 – 350,000 euros. No confirmation if reserve was met. It’s highly unusual for “current” factory GP bikes still sporting at least some top secret electronics and technology to be offered for sale, and the two offered in Monaco today came with numerous strings attached. Buyers interested in the two bikes were encouraged to contact the RM auction legal department before hand to review the contract in advance. Per Filippo Presiosi:
“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.” Included in the sale price is a certificate of authenticity from Ducati Corse and a VIP factory visit for the buyer.
Final sale price is calculated including buyers premium and VAT so in addition to the 172,430e, there is a 17% buyers premium on the sale (29,313 euros) plus 20% VAT on the sale price plus premium. That makes the final sale price approximately 242,091 euros/312,698 Dollars
Sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but nowhere near a record price for a motorcycle. That honor goes to the Rolle Free “bathing suit” Vincent which recently was reported to have traded for $1,000,000 US. And not a lot of money for a factory racer that leased for over a million euros a year.
Much is being made of the Ducati Desmosedici GP10 “CS1” Stoner race winning Ducati out bidding the Rossi podium placing Ducati GP11 “VR2” which bid to a reported 168,420 euros but in the collector market a race winning machine is generally considered the better investment so this outcome was logical. Post sale reports have it that Stoner’s race winning Ducati sold for 172,430 Euro ($222,000) while Rossi’s Jerez podium Ducati sold for 168,420 Euro ($217,000) plus buyer’s premium and taxes.