The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301
Lot 278N
The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301
Sold for £101,180 (US$ 133,419) inc. premium

Lot Details
The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301 The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301 The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301 The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301 The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301 The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301 The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301 The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301 The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning, 2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle Frame no. TCC604 Engine no. 2500-301
The ex-works, Jorge Lorenzo, 2007 World Championship-winning
2007 Aprilia 250cc RSW Grand Prix Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. TCC604
Engine no. 2500-301
• Genuine factory-supplied works machine
• Documented by the Piaggio Group (Aprilia's parent company)
• Bought directly from the factory by the vendor
• Unused since the end of the 2007 season

With two World Championships in the 250 class and three in MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo has already earned his place in motorcycle racing's 'Hall of Fame', and there is surely more to come from the supremely talented Majorcan. Born on 4th May 1987, Lorenzo made his Grand Prix debut on his 15th birthday during practice for the 2002 Spanish Grand Prix, riding a Derbi in the 125cc category. A world title in that class would elude him, but Lorenzo's obvious potential was confirmed when he stepped up to ride a 250cc Honda in 2005 for the Fortuna-sponsored team. No wins came his way that year, but with six podium finishes and four pole positions he ended the season 4th in the World Championship.

Lorenzo remained with Fortuna for 2006, though for that year the Spanish team enjoyed full factory support from Aprilia, using machines identical to the solitary works entry of Alex de Angelis. While the crash-prone de Angelis could manage only a single win, Lorenzo romped to his first World Championship with eight victories out of 16 starts.

In 2007 Aprilia chose not to run a works effort, instead providing factory support to Fortuna and a handful of other private teams. The Aprilia RSW 250 offered here was supplied to Fortuna by the racing department of the Piaggio Group (Aprilia's parent company) and ridden by Jorge Lorenzo during the 2007 season, carrying the number '1' plate. Email correspondence from Piaggio has confirmed that 'TCC604' was one of the two machines supplied to Fortuna and ridden by Jorge Lorenzo during the 2007 season. The engine currently installed is number '2500-30', and it is known that 'TCC604' was also raced with engine number '2500-34' fitted.

Eclipsing his stellar performance of 2006, Jorge secured nine victories to claim his second World Championship in the 250cc class, beating runner-up Andrea Dovizioso by the healthy margin of 52 points. Sadly for aficionados of Grand Prix racing, the two-strokes-only '250' category would be axed only a couple of years later, to be replaced by the current, production-based Moto2, a move that has made these exotic, last-of-the-line thoroughbreds all the more collectible.

The current owner bought the ex-Lorenzo Aprilia from Piaggio in December 2007, and the related purchase receipt is on file. Not ridden since the end of the 2007 season, the machine has been cleaned but otherwise is presented in 'as last raced' condition. This factory Aprilia represents a unique opportunity to acquire a World title-winning '250' associated with one of the sport's greatest champions.

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