Psst! Wanna buy a MotoGP Ducati?

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You can safely assume the bike's previous owner kept a religious maintenance schedule, if you want to bid on one of the auction's Ducatis.
You can safely assume the bike's previous owner kept a religious maintenance schedule, if you want to bid on one of the auction's Ducatis.

You’ve always said you wanted to get your hands on a real MotoGP machine. Now, here’s your big chance.

Ducati is selling off two Desmosedici MotoGP motorcycles, and they’re not that old. Rossi’s GP11 from 2011 (the one he managed a podium finish on last year) and Hayden’s GP10 from 2010 (the one he won the Australian Grand Prix on) are both headed for auction in Monaco on May 11-12.

Headed into the auction, the bikes have an undisclosed reserve price. Ducati says the buyer must sign a confidentiality agreement, and that the buyer will become a part of the Ducati family.

Neither bike has particularly high mileage – Rossi’s GP11 has 2,342 km and Hayden’s GP10 has 4,232 km – but, we’re betting they’re probably just about the hardest miles any sport bike will ever see.

The auction is likely a move to help reduce Ducati’s debt burden.

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