Jorge’s (and Ivan’s) history on sale
The Bonhams auction is a staple of biking brilliance at the show – get to it and you’ll get to see some iconic machines up close.
The ex-works 2007 Aprilia 250cc Grand Prix racing motorcycle which was ridden to World Championship victory by Jorge Lorenzo is among the exotic machinery on offer in Bonhams’ auction.
Starting his Grand Prix career at age 15, Lorenzo rode for the Fortunasponsored team. He remained with the team for the 2007 season, by which time they were receiving full factory support from Aprilia. Riding a machine supplied by the manufacturer, the one being offered by Bonhams, Lorenzo romped home to his second World Championship, with nine wins from 17 starts in the hotly contested quarter litre class.
The Aprilia up for auction is the original bike, and has remained unchanged and unridden since the end of the 2007 season. World title-winning machines are always a rare treat at auction, but one ridden to victory by such a charismatic and acclaimed champion is truly unique.
Equally appealing is the collection of speedway and long track supremo Ivan Mauger OBE, MBE which is under the hammer on October 15. Mauger won a record nine World Championships during his career.
A winner of more than 1000 international events in 26 countries across the world, Mauger, who came from humble beginnings in Christchurch, NZ arrived in the UK at age 17 and raced for a host of British teams including the Wimbledon Dons, the Hull Vikings and the Newcastle Diamonds, with whom he won his first World Championship in 1968.
Mauger is the holder of six world records, including most individual championship wins and most individual world Speedway wins.
Bonhams is offering more than 50 lots at Stafford, including championship speedway and long track motorcycles, trophies, awards and ephemera. The collection includes a number of World Championship winning motorcycles which are accompanied by a selection of trophies and awards that they won while being ridden by Mauger throughout his career.