It’s good to be Fernando Alonso, Ferrari’s number one F1 driver. A former world driving champion, his seat in a Ferrari F1 car is about as secure as you can get in the motorsport world. He’s just 15 points away from Lewis Hamilton, the current leader in the World Driver’s Championship points, and Ferrari has a bunch of aerodynamic improvements to roll out at the upcoming European Grand Prix. Oh, and Ferrari affiliate Ducati just gave him a Desmosedici RR, in custom Ferrari / Marlboro livery to match his F1 car. As Mel Brooks would say, “It’s good to be the king.”
In case you don’t know what a Desmosedici RR is, it’s Ducati’s limited edition, street legal version of their factory MotoGP bike. It’s 989cc v-twin motor puts out around 200 horsepower, enough to get it to a top speed in excess of 200 miles per hour. The dry weight is just 370 pounds, partly because the bodywork and seat supports are made from carbon fiber, and aluminum is used for the swingarm. The price, if you could find one in the U.S. for sale, is $72,500.
There’s probably something in Alonso’s contract that prohibits him from engaging in dangerous off-track activities, such as riding a Desmosedici RR at speed. Fernando, if you’re reading this, I’d be happy to maintain the bike for you during the F1 season. I’ll make sure it gets ridden regularly (to keep the tires from flat-spotting, of course) and receives regular oil changes. Hell, I’ll even keep it in my living room and read it bedtime stories if you’d like. Drop me an email and I’ll send you the details on where to ship it.