Första Rossi-replikan från Ducati

Även Nicky Hayden får sin släng av sleven i form av en replika. Cyklarna är tekniskt sett identiska med originalet, skillnaden består i de speciallackerade kåporna som förmodligen kommer att kosta cirka 5 000 kronor extra.

Tanken är att även 696, 1100, 1100S och nya 1100 Evo ska kunna fås i replikautförande. Cyklarna ska visas i morgon kväll (4 mars) i Bologna framför 50 000 förhoppningsfulla fans. En bra upptakt inför MotoGP-premiären den 20 mars på Losail-banan i Qatar.

Här följer mer information från Ducatis pressrelease;

Starting from early evening, the huge event promises a packed program of entertainment with a concert and star-studded line-up of VIPs joining in the Ducati party until the riders appear on stage with the Desmosedici GP11 at 9pm.

The celebration, in Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore, is intended to be a passionate send-off to the Ducati Marlboro Team just prior to their first race of the year in Qatar later this month, and as the two factory riders appear on stage to greet an expected 30,000 fans, the new Monster Art GP Replica schemes will also be presented.

First introduced in 2009, the innovative Monster Art project offered an additional range of colours to the standard factory options with a collection called “Colour Therapy”, while in 2010 the introduction of the “Logomania” collection celebrated 50 years of historic Ducati logo styles.
 
Changing the colour and character of any model in the Monster line-up in just 10 minutes is the genius of the Monster Art program, and a feature that passionately supports the Monster culture of customisation.

Consisting of tank panels, micro-bikini fairing, single-seat cover and front mudguard, the kits have now become a modern canvas in the world of motorcycle art and a unique method of Monster personalisation.

Fast-forward to 2011, the pre-season “Ducati MotoGP Night” and the roll-out of two new GP Replica Monster Art schemes dedicated to factory riders, Nicky “The Kentucky Kid” Hayden and Valentino “The Doctor” Rossi.

The new kits have been inspired by the livery of the Desmosedici GP11, which will power both riders this year, with a white design presented on a background of red.

Each GP Replica scheme is decorated with the riders’ respective logos and further personalised with Rossi’s signature flash of fluorescent yellow and famous racing number “46” and Hayden’s starred number “69”.