Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones, built by Ducati Corse
2007 Ducati 999 'Desmosedici Casey Stoner Replica'
Frame no. ZDM01010106
This rare motorcycle is one of a small number built for promotional purposes by Ducati Corse, the Italian factory's racing department, to celebrate Casey Stoner's, and Ducati's, first win in the MotoGP World Championship in 2007. Using Ducati's superior electronics and taking full advantage of Bridgestone tyres specially developed to suit its unique characteristics, the Desmosedici was the class of the field in '07, the recently retired Australian ace securing 10 wins to take the Championship by the unprecedented margin of 125 points.
Not to be confused with the road-going version of the V4-engined Desmosedici Grand Prix racer - the Desmosedici RR this motorcycle is based on the Ducati 999 superbike, which had ceased production at the end of 2006. It is not known whether it has the 999S engine or the short-stroke 999R unit, but in either case the 999 was good for a top speed of around 170mph. Noteworthy features include Desmosedici-style bodywork, Termignoni exhausts, Bridgestone slick tyres and a 'works team' sticker kit.
This particular machine is one of two invoiced by Ducati Corse to Metropolis Motorcycles of London SE1 in November 2007 (copy invoice on file). It is not known when it was acquired by the late owner. Inspection has revealed that the exhaust outlets are clean, suggesting that the engine may never have been started.
Prospective purchasers should be aware that these replicas were intended for track use only. Sold as such, this example represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire the ultimate track-day weapon or perfect centrepiece for any Ducati collection. The rear-wheel paddock stand is included in the sale.
- Since going to press we have been informed by the Ducati factory that this motorcycle is one of five commissioned by the company's then CEO, Mr Bonomi of the Investindustrial Holdings SpA, Ducati's owners at that time. They were built for promotional purposes only and are not road legal.
A casting code on the rear cylinder suggests that this motorcycle is based on a Ducati 749, and not a 999 as stated in the catalogue.