Ex-racing machines are rarely found in public hands, especially from the top tier of motorsport. Factory-backed race efforts retire machines year after year, and the machinery seemingly disappears into the ether, only occasionally to be found in the wild. And if one is found, it’s often a shell of what once was, merely a handful of parts from the original machine.
This Ducati GP3 listed on eBay seems to buck that trend. The GP3 is a product of a rule change, like most race machinery. The top tier of motorcycle GP racing opened the rulebook to four-stroke 990cc machines to run alongside the two-stroke 500cc bikes that had been the only design on the starting grid in 2002. This was enough to draw Ducati to join the newly renamed MotoGP class that was mainly comprised of Japanese manufacturers. The two-rider team of Troy Bayliss and Louis Capirossi was the first to roll the Ducati out of the pits and onto the track in 2003.
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Great write-up! There is something so appealing about these brutal but elegant moto gp bikes. I think the buyer might have to be single and have a house filled with similar bikes...