For Sale: KTM RC16 MotoGP bike – As new, one careful(ish) owner

KTM is putting Pol Espargaro's 2019 MotoGP-campaigning KTM RC16 up for sale in a unique deal that makes us what to start a whip round...

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We love thumbing through the classifieds with our eyes peeled to spot classic or a bargain to add to our collection… but this KTM RC16 MotoGP bike isn’t your average ‘deal of the week’.

While we’re assuming KTM isn’t doing this just to drum up a bit of extra cash, it has just put the For Sale sign on the RC16 contested by Pol Espargaro during the 2019 MotoGP season.

It’s certainly an eye-catching deal, one that gets you the full fat MotoGP bike complete with striking orange livery with the Red Bull decals and leaves the race number so you can truly imagine you are Senor Espargaro himself.

It’s got some achievements under its belt too. In all, Espargaro scored 100 points, finished inside the top ten on eight occasions and had the privilege of a clear road ahead in Misano when the Spaniard secured a maiden front row start for the manufacturer.

The classified comes out hot on the heels of the opening two 2020 MotoGP rounds in which KTM had a starring role with competitive pace, which at least shows it won’t need to rinse the 2019 machine for aero parts like Honda has.

The price is a princely 288,000 Euros before VAT (just over £260,000) if you have a spare wad of cash lying around, though that does get you an impressive privilege package, including:

- A full set of Pol Espargaro’s race leathers
- A signed Espargaro race helmet
- A VIP MotoGP Event Pack for any 2021 event*. The experience includes a behind-the-scenes tour, a meet-and-greet with the MotoGP riders and a full set of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team wear
- Weekend access to the Red Bull Energy Station unit with full catering and refreshment options

We’ll assume demand may not be so high for the RC16 briefly campaigned Johann Zarco until he complained he couldn’t adapt to it and promptly left the team…