Of course nothing to do with the weather rather this is a Ducati Superbike once campaigned by Carl Fogarty. This bike from 1999 was used by Foggy to claim his last World Superbike crown which was the last of 4 during his career. He started in WSBK racing a Honda in 1988 but after the team pulled out at the end of 1991 he joined Ducati and started what was to be a very famous pairing. His time with Ducati started on the 888 and transition to the 916 and 996 and so when we find out about an ex Foggy WSBK out on Craigslist we have to look and oh boy what do we find:
One of the most exciting Ducatis that you could lay your hands upon:
The owner has now listed the bike on eBay and so you can start bidding on it. You can find the auction here.
The owner, while not listing as part of this sale, has additional memorabilia namely a helmet, a set of leathers and a champagne bottle signed by the team which I wonder if he might part with for the right price.
This particular bike is one of two that was campaign by Foggy in the 1999 season, the other is apparently owned by the man himself. One could wax lyrical about the Ohlins and Brembos and magnesium components but really there is little to say when one sees such an impressive machine. Just look at the amount of carbon fibre and things like the Corse clutch slave cylinder. I don’t know about you but I quite fancy this in my garage.
The bike itself comes with a front fairing signed by Foggy but not apparently the original. The team would sell of signed bodywork at the end of a race, one would assume to raise a bit of cash, and that is where this one came from. Don’t worry though the seller is keen to point out that he has the original one as well. Whenever one is presented with a bike such as this it is important to be able to autheticate the history as there are always those who claim to have something special which might not be:
Foggy had quite the career:
2000 Retired through injury after crashing out at Phillip Island. Rode for Ducati Infostrada.
1999 World Superbike Champion with Ducati Infostrada. 489 points.
1998 World Superbike Champion with Ducati Infostrada. 351.5 points.
1997 2nd in World Superbike championship with Ducati Infostrada. 358 points.
1996 4th in the World Superbike championship with Castrol Honda. 331 points.
1995 World Superbike Champion with Virginio Ferrari Ducati. 478 points.
1994 World Superbike Champion with Virginio Ferrari Ducati. 303 points.
1993 2nd in World Superbike championship with Ducati Corse. 349.5 points.
1992 9th in World Superbike championship with Ducati Corse. 134 points. 1st in the World Endurance championship.
1991 7th in the World Superbike championship with Honda Great Britain. 146 points.
1990 FIM F1 World Cup champion, Senior and F1 Isle of Man TT races.Honda Great Britain WSBK (Wildcard).
1989: World TT Formula 1 champion, 750cc Isle of Man TT. Honda Great Britain WSBK (Wildcard).
1988: World TT Formula 1 champion.
Just in case you wonder how this machine can perform how about this for classic WSBK racing, and make sure you watch to the end:
So where do we start with value? That is something that is difficult to gauge. The most recent Foggy race bike to sell was in April 2011 when Bonhams had an ex Foggy 1993 888 Corsa but that didn’t sell even though it was expected to fetch around $45000. However a 1998 916 SPS Foggy Replica that the man once rode fetched GBP 26500 ($41000).
Personally I want to pop over to CA and have a look myself.