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Casey Stoner’s Grand Prix Ducati sold for more than Valentino Rossi’s at an auction in Monaco at the weekend.

Casey Stoner’s Ducati GP10 motorcycle, which won at Phillip Island and took three pole positions in 2010, went under the hammer alongside Valentino Rossi’s GP11 – the bike from his debut season with the Italian team, at an auction in Monte Carlo.

And despite all expectations, it was Stoner’s bike that fetched the biggest bids, selling for £138,098 – £3,207 more than Rossi’s which sold for £134,891. However, both bikes sold for far less than their €300,000 guide price. The bikes cost around £2.5m to lease for an entire season’s racing.

Rossi’s bike so far remains the only Desmosedici on which the Italian has secured a podium for Ducati.

As part of the sales contract, the identity of the two buyers is to be kept a secret by Ducati for ten years, with the company retaining the right to seize the bikes if the new owners ever make themselves known.

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