Minichamps MIN122980046 1998 Aprilia 250CC Team Nastro Azzurro GP Motorcycle - Valentino Rossi (1:12 Scale)
"I'm lucky because I don't feel too much pressure - it's only in the last hour before the race, and even then it's good, positive pressure."
- Valentino Rossi, 5-Time World Champion Moto Bike Racer
Born on February 16th, 1979 in Urbino, Italy, Valentino Rossi grew up with motor sports. His father, Graziano Rossi, a former GP rider himself, supported his son's enthusiasm for motor bikes early on. In fact, Valentino took over his racing number "46" and made it his hallmark. In 1996 Rossi participated in the World Championship for Aprilia. In Brno he achieved his first pole position and his first victory. After this "year of preparation" in 1997 he showed his excellent talent to his rivals. With 321 points he won 11 of 15 races and in the 12th race in Brno he got the Champion's title prematurely.
In 1998, Rossi ascended toward the 250cc class, rode for Aprilia, and became Vice World Champion. In 1999, he won with the Aprilia type RSW 250 in 9 of 14 races and with 309 points his second World Championship title. But this was not enough - in 2000, he changed to the 500cc 'King's Class'. He started for the Nastro Azzuro Team with a Honda type V4 factory bike and by the next season he won another World Championship. In 2002 and 2003 he continued his series of victories. On a 4-stroke Honda type RC211V, Rossi won the World Championship for the Repsol Honda Team, which was now named "MotoGP." In 2004, he changed to the Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha Team and achieved the impossible - he again won the MotoGP World Championship. In 2005, he reaffirmed his position with his 7th World Champion title.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1998 Aprilia 250CC GP bike driven by Valentino Rossi. Also includes a removable fairing and detachable kickstand. Now in stock!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: June 2008
Historical Account: "The Doctor Is In" - Born on February 16th, 1979, Valentino Rossi is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is widely considered one of the best motorcycle racers of all time.
Following his father, Graziano Rossi, Rossi started racing in Grand Prix in 1996 for Aprilia in the 125cc category and won his first World Championship the following year. From there, he moved up to the 250cc category, again with Aprilia, and won the World Championship in 1999.
He won the 500cc World Championship with Honda in 2001, the MotoGP World Championships (also with Honda) in 2002 and 2003, and continued his streak of back-to-back championships by winning the 2004 and 2005 MotoGP World Championship after leaving Honda to join Yamaha.
He is the reigning World Champion and won his seventh World Championship (5th consecutive) in the 2005 MotoGP series. At the end of the 2005 season, Valentino Rossi holds 79 Grand Prix victories which makes him the most successful rider of the Grand Prix series, surpassing legendary rider Giacomo Agostini.