Ducati is auctioning off the 13 exclusive Panigale V4 S motorcycles raced at this weekend’s World Ducati Week on eBay, and you have until Saturday night (28 July) to place your bid.
The bikes were raced by Ducati’s star riders at the company’s biennial party at the Misano circuit in Rimini yesterday. Riders from the Italian company’s roster of MotoGP and world superbike riders, plus Ducati icon and Australian championship rider Troy Bayliss, lined up for the race, which was broadcast live on Italian TV and won by company test rider Michele Pirro. Each of the 13 bikes is painted in the rider’s race livery and is individually signed by the rider. As well as the 12 bikes raced, a 13th bike was prepared for British rider Chaz Davies, who was scheduled to race but pulled out after breaking his collarbone in a mountain bike accident.
At the time of writing, it’s Bayliss’ bike which is getting the most attention on the online auction site, attracting a bid of over 82,000 Euros, more than double that of factory MotoGP teamsters Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.
Away from the Panigale ‘Race of Champions’ there was plenty of other stuff going on at the 10th WDW, with custom bikes, music, flat tracking, test rides and a giant beach party.
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali was blown away by the event, saying:
“World Ducati Week is a big party, a celebration for all Ducatisti that every two years brings us all together to share the passion for this unique brand. Ducati has a great past, last WDW edition we celebrated our 90th anniversary, but also an extraordinary present with a fantastic range of products. Thanks to the most beautiful motorcycles in our history, we can continue to grow, sharing emotions and achievements with our fans. Emotions like the flyover of the Frecce Tricolore just before the start of the Race of Champions, or entering the circuit this morning. Something special, unique, powerful, which is the confirmation that I am part of a Community of women and men who work and share – along with tens of thousands of Ducatisti who have travelled to the Adriatic Riviera – the pride of belonging to this historical and prestigious brand. There are so many of us, yesterday 30% more than in 2016, and we expect this 10th edition to set a new record , – concluded the company’s top manager – “Seeing the paddock of the Misano World Circuit with so many people gives me goosebumps!“.
“Race of Champions” World Ducati Week 2018, Race Results:
|1||51||Pirro Michele||ITA||Ducati Panigale V4||5||8’16.622||2||1’38.030|
|2||53||Rabat Esteve||ESP||Ducati Panigale V4||5||8’19.010||2.388||2.388||4||1’38.171|
|3||12||Forés Javier||ESP||Ducati Panigale V4||5||8’19.692||3.070||0.682||5||1’36.610|
|4||43||Miller Jack||AUS||Ducati Panìgale V4||5||8’22.460||5.838||2.768||3||1’39.304|
|5||33||Melandri Marco||ITA||Ducati Pamgale V4||5||8’22.766||6.144||0.306||2||1’39.264|
|6||21||Rinaldi Michael||ITA||Ducati Panigale V4||5||8’23.320||6.698||0.554||5||1’39.168|
|7||4||Dovizioso Andrea||ITA||Ducati Panigale V4||5||8’24.410||7.788||1.090||3||1’39.149|
|8||10||Simeon Xavier||BEL||Ducati Panigale V4||5||8’26.328||9.706||1.918||5||1’39.860|
|9||9||Petrucci Danilo||ITA||Ducati Panigate V4||5||8’28.946||12.324||2.618||5||1’39.877|
|10||99||Lorenzo Jorge||ESP||Ducati Panigale V4||5||8’31.035||14.413||2.089||5||1’40.252|
|11||17||Abrham Karel||CZE||Ducati Panìgale V4||5||8’32.330||15.708||1.295||2||1’40.750|
|12||21||Bayliss Troy||AUS||Ducati Panigale V4||5||8’53.681||37.059||21.351||3||1’39.662|