A glut of second hand Ducati Panigale V4 S superbikes went on the market last week after the Italian company auctioned off 11 bikes prepared for and raced at their recent Race of Champions shootout, held during World Ducati weekend earlier this month.
Ducati prepared a bike for each of their factory riders, liveried in their racing colours, but it was the bike of Aussie icon Troy Bayliss that proved most in demand – realising 120,350 Euros (£106,875) after 129 bids, almost twice the final price of the next most popular bike.
The 13 bikes (one each for the participants, plus another for Welsh world superbike star Chaz Davies, who pulled out through injury) feature exclusive liveries based on their MotoGP and world superbike team colours, the rider’s signature, a plaque and certificate of authenticity from top Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali. The lucky owners also received a suite of standard parts to return the bikes to road trim, as well as the fitted race exhausts and track parts.
After the event, the bikes were put on eBay and although Bayliss finished last in the event (after running off the track) his bike was instantly the most in demand on the internet auction site, quickly running up to over 120,000 Euros. By contrast, 2017 MotoGP runner up Andrea Dovizioso’s machine achieved 62,400 Euros (£55,500). By contrast, bikes from the lesser known racers achieved around 40,000 Euros (£35600). Meanwhile, a brand new Panigale V4 S could be yours for £23,495.
In total, 1516 enthusiasts placed 1516 bids on the 13 bikes, and if the auction was an online popularity contest, it’s clear to see that the current crop of Ducati stars still have a long way to go if they are to replace Bayliss (who recently made a racing comeback in the Australian superbike championship at the age of 49) as the darling of the Ducatisti.