My Dream Bike. Ex Valentino Rossi's MotoGP Ducati For Sale
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I hope to one day own an ex Valentino Rossi MotoGP bike. I've never really known as to whether it would be possible, not because of the potential price but because of the likelyness of an ex MotoGP bike ever coming up for sale let alone one of Valentino Rossi's. MotoGP is the pinnacle of motorcylce racing. It's F1 on 2 wheels only 100 times better. These's bike are so far advanced that any developments a Manufacturer makes are kept a closely guarded secret. MotoGP racing is so close between competitors manufacturers can't freely disclose their new tricks. This is what made me wonder if a MotoGP bike would ever be up for sale. A 5 year old MotoGP bike would still hold many secrets and trick components. Then we have anything with the number 46 on it. Valentino Rossi is not only an unbelievable rider but he is also worth Gold dust to a manufacturer because of his experience. He has rode for Honda which he become World Champion on, then on to Yamaha which he also became World Champion on and currently with Ducati which I hope he also becomes World Champion on, his results are getting better. A current MotoGP Gride bike is worth millions due to the technology and development, you can rent one for a season for around £2,500,000, if they let you!! MotoGP are currently working on bringing the cost's down running a Moto2 class with the GP bikes, these bikes are in the 6 fiure price range. Rossi doesn't race Moto2 though he races GP bikes, I wonder which organ to sell.
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To my astonishment, in May 2012, Valentino Rossi's 2011 Podium finishing MotoGP Ducati bike went up for sale at auction in Monaco. No, I didn't buy it. Casey Stoner's bike was also up for sale at the auction. I'm surprised that the sale didn't receive more public attention pryer to the auction. I'm also a Guitarist and when Eric Clapton sold off a large collection of his guitars there was media attention beforehand which no doubt helped in attracting successful wealthy buyers. This low key event kind of reflects in the price the lucky buyer bagged Valentino Rossi's bike for, in fact the buyer was on holiday and it was only because of a friend knowing about the auction that he went. They knew there could be some rarities up for sale but neither knowing 2 ex Champion MotoGP bikes being auctioned off, let alone one of Rossi's. To my surprise Casey Stoner's bike sold for more than Rossi's Ducati did! Stoner's bike sold for 220,000euros not including fees and Rossi's sold for 5k less! Yes, 5K less than Stoner's bike! Stoner is a great rider and current world champion but he doesn't have the Mojo that Rossi has brought to the sport. Stoner has also recently annouced his retirement for the sport which is a great shame as I don't think he a cemented his name in the history of MotoGP despite being a 2 time world champion.
Rossi has had trouble since joining Ducati and not being where he is used to, at the front. This does affect the desirebilty of bike but 215,000euro's is blooming bargain!!! I wouldn't be surprised if the swing arm cost that alone! This bike is definitely an investement as it is very unlikely another Rossi bike will ever come up for sale and the most desirable of them all is an Yamaha M1 because of the amount of wins, epic battles and records that were broken on that bike. Rossi is in his 30's now and although he still has it in him to win more titles I doubt it will be to the extent he had with Yamaha. Then again he could start his own team.
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The icing on the cake for me is that this bike ended up 40miles away from where I live as the delivery driver drove right past the new owners home and dropped the bike off in Southend, Essex. In fact I was in Southend last week, darn it!!! So why do I and every other motorbike fan want a Motorcycle fan want to own one of Valentino Rossi's bikes? I've added a few videos of the master in action. Valentino Rossi is a sporting legend and a brand, Michael Jordan did it and so has David Beckham, Only the greats of their sports can do this. He sports the number 46 and wears the sun and moon on his helmet to show his good side off the track and dark side on ( I rock a Rossi Helmet when I ride). He has 9 world titles 7 of which in the MotoGP class. He is also the last ever 500cc world champion. He rides like no other, he can make tyres grip forever and overtake where no one else would dare think of. I plan to see Vale race in MotoGP before he retires.
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