Bonhams is to auction the Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia 250 that won the 2007 250cc world championship.
The auction firm estimates bids will reach £100,000-£140,000 (€111,000-€155,000) for the bike. It’s in exactly the same state as when it won the title a decade ago and will star at the Autumn Stafford Sale on 15 October this year. Nobody has even ridden it since Lorenzo stepped off as World Champion.
A winning record
Lorenzo won nine of the 17 rounds in 2007. He romped to an easy championship win over his current teammate at Ducati, Andrea Dovizioso. It was enough to catapult Lorenzo straight into the big league as Valentino Rossi’s teammate in the Yamaha MotoGP squad in 2008.
Four cylinder, 600cc Moto2 bikes replaced the two-stroke 250cc class in 2010. So the Lorenzo Aprilia 250 represents one of the final generation of top line two-stroke race bikes.
Lorenzo’s winning season in 2007 was officially the last time an Aprilia rider would win the 250cc championship. That means this bike is a bookend to Aprilia’s legendary era in the class. The Aprilia first appeared as the RSV250 back in 1991. It evolved into the RSW250 and finally the updated RSA250 from 2007-2009. Bonhams lists this bike as an RSW250.
Bonhams’ Andy Barrett said: “Jorge Lorenzo’s career is already one that has irrevocably altered the motorcycle racing landscape. Since his debut at the age of 15, he has gone from strength to strength, and his duels with former team mate Valentino are legendary have become legendary in the sport. To be offering one of his World Championship-winning machines is truly spectacular, and we are thrilled to be offering this unique piece of racing history.”