The Ducati Desmosedici GP11 VR2 was auctioned by Ducati with an estimated price of €300.000-€350.000. The motorcycle was the second of four variations Rossi raced during the 2011 season but is ostensibly the same as the GP10 of the previous season.
The motorcycle is fitted with a 800-cc D-16 engine and the suspension was an Öhlins TRSP25 48-mm “Through Rod” front fork with a TRSP44 rear shock absorber.
The bike had also received a new carbon airbox and a new electronics package designed to soften the savage throttle response lower down. A more sophisticated traction control system was also introduced, and engine revisions included a higher inertia and crankshaft to further tame the throttle response.
As MotoGP moves into a new era in 2012, Rossi’s GP11 exemplifies the evolution of the 800-cc D16 from the world-beating GP7 through until the end of this formula in 2011. The GP11 was the ultimate development of the D16 that provided Ducati their only MotoGP World Championship.
Two BMW Motorrad riders delighted the audience with their extraordinary performances during the 4th round of the 2010 French Superbike Championship held at Le Mans in the south of France. The two astonishing S1000RR riders, Erwan Nigon and Sébastien Gimbert, proudly won first and second place on the said match, allowing one of the BMW riders to be eligible for the champion title at the final round in Albi at the end of the month.
Thanks to their successful battle at the opening of the French Superbike Championship, the BMW Motorrad team is still in the race garnering fantastic double victories with very high scores. These results allowed the two BMW riders to receive the first two places after the 4th round.
Qualifying for the 1st and 2nd place positions over a line of motorcycle riders from Ducati, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Honda, the two BMW France teammates were both fired up for the first 15-lap Superbike race of the day.
The start of the race was the #7 RR rider, Erwan Nigon’s shining moment as he raced out just in front of his teammate Gimbert. The second lap left Kenny Foray crashing out of contention leaving the two BMW riders to compete for the win against Kawasaki rider, Julien Da Costa. After a series of 3 laps, Sébastien Gimbert passed Nigon and took the lead. At that moment, Gimbert was unstoppable. He achieved his first double victory of 2010 by over four seconds, while teammate Nigon finished in second place. These podium finishes left Gimbert with 239 points and Nigon with 250.
The Ducati MotoGP Team have concluded day one of testing at Le Mans today in cool and cloudy conditions. Thankfully the weather did not interrupt the riders’ programme and both Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri were able to work on various aspects of the set-up of their GP8 machines, as well as trying a variety of new Bridgestone tyres.
Stoner completed 50 laps on race tyres and worked on the electronics with the aim of improving engine performance. During a five-laps run, in which the (...) > Full story
We have the joy of sharing with you this absolutely beautiful moment of pure racing excitement which takes place at the beginning of the mythical race of Le Mans.
It is wonderful how the tradition remains in the organizers hearts and pilots become one with their motorcycles in the way it is done by decades. Motorcycles are being held in the riding position on one side and pilots wait for the “GO” sound on the other side while the rest is simply euphoria.
The gesture is as simple and beautiful as it is rich in history and charm. Enjoy the video below and give a big round of applause for the beginning of the long race.
Last year saw BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s return to World Championship motorcycle racing at the classic ‘24 Heures Moto of Le Mans’, where they won their class and finished a superb 16th overall. Despite their HP2 1200S Boxer being down on horsepower, compared to their 1000 cc multi-cylinder rivals, Thomas Hinterreiter, Rico Penzkofer and Markus Barth were able to hustle the twin-engined bike round the 4.18 kilometre Bugatti circuit for 776 trouble-free laps. It was a (...) > Full story
BMW Motorrad returned to world championship motorcycle racing with impressive results this weekend at the grueling Le Mans 24 hour race in France, culminating with a win in its class and a highly impressive 16th overall on the modified R 1200 S sports boxer.
Despite a difference in horsepower compared with their rivals, BMW Motorrad Motorsport team riders Thomas Hinterreiter, Rico Penzkofer and Marcus Barth hustled the flat-twin around the 4.18-kilometre Bugatti circuit, entertaining (...) > Full story