Minichamps MIN122990096 1999 Aprilia 250 CCM Team Aprilia Motorcycle - Imola, 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
After winning the 125 cc world title the previous year, exceptional young italian talent Valentino Rossi moved up to the 250 cc class for 1998. Riding an Aprilia factory bike he won 5 races in his first year. His series of successes continued in 1999, too. The start of the new season was somehow marred by technical trouble and slow race starts so podium places were out of reach. But the 3rd race, which took place at the circuit of Jerez, Spain, brought his first victory of the season. Eight more followed and so, already at the penultimate round in Rio de Janeiro, 19-year-old Rossi became the youngest world champion of all times in the 250 cc class. Aprilia totalled 338 points and won the 1999 manufacturers' championship.
During the 1999 season "Valentinik" - as Rossi now nick-named himself after a comic strip hero - raced bikes in different liveries. Apart form the standard factory outfit used in most races, his bike sported a 1970's style "pop-art" design with neon-green flowers at Mugello. At Imola the Aprilia was painted in the italian national colors.
Pictured here is a 1999 Aprilia 250 CCM Team Aprilia motorcycle driven at Imola by Valentino Rossi. Comes with a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: May 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.