Apologies in advance for not bringing you this sooner, especially if you were planning on bidding...
Jorge Lorenzo's 2007 championship-winning Aprilia RSW250 full factory works machine sold for £101,180 yesterday at Bonhams. The final Aprilias of the 250 two-stroke generation were known to be untouchable bits of exotica, with prices for leasing costing £1,000,000 to privateer teams every season. This one was supplied directly by Aprilia with all of the latest fancy trick parts to clean up during the '07 season.
The figures are absolutely mind blowing. Over 100 horsepower at the wheel in a machine weighing under 90kg! Prices were becoming astronomical during this era, hence the move to Moto2 to make things more affordable.
The swingarms alone were worth £50,000!
As far as the differences between this and a 250 road bike? Not even in the same solar system.
The bike has sat unused since the end of the 2007 season, which is understandable when maintenance and parts are almost impossible to come by with it being an ex factory racer. The little Aprilia claimed nine victories that season with Lorenzo onboard, eventually finishing 52 points ahead of his nearest rival.
Here's what it's like to ride one