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.
The Ducati MotoGP Team is preparing itself for one of the most popular events of the season for the teams, riders and fans this weekend, as the Grand Prix of Italy takes place at the Mugello circuit, located less than 90 kilometres from the factory’s headquarters in Borgo Panigale.
As has become tradition the factory’s red army of fans will again gather in the Ducati grandstand at the Correntaio corner for both qualifying and the race, with 3,000 of them giving their passionate support (...) > Full story