Well, this is the craziest motorcycle we’ve had the pleasure of auctioning off over on Iconic!
Ducati Corse made two of Nicky’s GP11 bikes available to the public – one is in England, the other is in Italy. They also had two show bikes for events built from satellite team bikes. Based on our research, we believe this listing is comprised of the frame and components from Randy de Puniet of satellite team Pramac Ducati (VIN: D16GP11-RD1). It was rebranded VIN: D16GP030 and used as a show/display bike during the 2013 season, having been repainted in Nicky Hayden’s 2013 livery. Both show bikes were sold to a private party in Southern California in 2014 – the one featured today and another in Rossi’s livery.
In other words, while Nicky Hayden did not race this motorcycle, it is a genuine MotoGP Ducati race bike that bears Nicky’s livery from the 2011 season. As Ducati Corse themselves put it in the sales agreement, this “is a unique bike which has been used in a very stressful and intensive way by a professional rider during a World championship and always under the strict control of Ducati technicians.”
The current owner acquired it in 2014. As you can imagine, there were several questions about this incredible motorcycle before we went live with it. The engine is supposed to redline at 20,000 RPM, and when raced the redline would have been bumped to 22,000 RPM. The sister bike to this is restricted to 17,000 rpm, but this bike has not been revved that high so the current redline is not known. Ducati says that the motors are usually good for approximately 2,000 kilometers (~1,250 miles) before needing a rebuild. The first owner had the engine borescoped by John Ethell of JETT Tuning, who noted that the tops of the pistons were shiny and the engine was barely run, if at all.
The only people who have ridden it are the owner, Steve Rapp, Larry Pegram, and Prince Oliver (adopted son of Zsa Zsa Gabor). The bike was ridden at events at Buttonwillow Raceway and Miller Motorsports Park and it has approximately 80-90 miles on it. Larry Pegram and Steve Rapp are the only two people who have ridden both this and the sister bike – Pegram preferred this one.
The sale does not include a starter, which is required to fire up this machine. The original owner is willing to help with the setup if the new owner would like to build one – he notes that it 24V battery that requires very low amperage to ensure that it does not fry the electrical system.
Per the original owner’s agreement with Ducati, this bike is allowed to be sold “as an antique for mere collection purposes.” The auction winner will be required to provide a written commitment to the current owner of certain obligations to Ducati (such as not riding it or only having Ducati maintain it) – a copy of the agreement with all details will be provided to the winner. Sounds rather crazy but that’s apparently how it works when it comes to a bike like this!
Find this MotoGP racer for sale in Sun City, Arizona with bidding up to $100,100 and the reserve not yet met here on Iconic Motorbike Auctions.