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.

Motorcycle Monthly - - Free Carole Nash Classic Motorcycle Mechanics Show - Words by Mal­colm Wheeler

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.

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