Minichamps MIN122016104 2001 Honda NSR 500 Team West Honda Pons MotoGP Bike - Alex Barros (1:12 Scale)
"We have two excellent riders, Alex and Loris. Each rider has his own mechanics and, although there is a natural rivalry, both are willing to work hard to make this partnership a success. Furthermore we have two well developed bikes at our disposal. And with West on board we are ready to fight for the World Championship."
- Sito Pons, Manager of the West Honda Pons Team
The Honda NSR500 is a race motorcycle from the Honda NSR series. It was created by HRC (Honda Racing Corporation) and debuted in 1984 for the Grand Prix motorcycle racing's 500cc class. Honda won ten 500 World Championships with the NSR500 from 1984 to present, six in a row 1994 to 1999. With more than 100 wins to its credit, the NSR500 is the most dominant force in modern Grand Prix motorcycle racing. The 1989 NSR500 that won Honda's third 500 World Championship with Eddie Lawson exemplifies the overwhelming power, acceleration and raw speed that has always been synonymous with Honda's 500cc two-stroke V-4.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2001 Honda NSR 500 Team West MotoGP bike driven by Alex Barros. Features a working suspension, removable fairing, and highly detailed components. Also includes a detachable kickstand. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Historical Account: "Alexandre the Great" - Born Alexandre Barros on October 18th, 1970, in São Paulo, Brazil, Alex Barros is a Brazilian motorcycle road racer. After a long career in MotoGP, for 2006 he moved to the World Superbike series. He returns to MotoGP for 2007.
In 1990, Alex Barros was the youngest rider in history to join the top motorcycling category, the 500cc, at the age of 20. In his first year, he was 12th overall, with 57 points. Notable results included 8th in the United States and Germany, and 5th in the Belgium Grand Prix. Two years later, his first podium: a third place in the Netherlands.
The year of 1993 saw his breakthrough as he joined the Suzuki team. After qualifying third in the US Grand Prix, Barros had his first victory in Spain, finishing that year's world championship in sixth place. His team-mate Kevin Schwantz was that year's champion. The following year, Barros scored in all but one the races. 1996 saw his best performance yet, finishing the championship at fourth, a feat he repeated in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In 2002, the first of MotoGP (with engine displacement capacity increased to up to 990cc) he scored 206 points, eleven points behind second place. 2003 was a difficult one for Barros due to injuries, but in 2004, he once again finished the championship in fourth, in a season dominated by Valentino Rossi, Sete Gibernau and Max Biaggi. In 2005, Barros returned to the top of the podium, at the Portuguese Grand Prix, however he did not mount a lasting championship challenge, and was not offered a ride for 2006. He will return to MotoGP in 2007, riding a Ducati GP7 for Pramac d'Antin. After advising James Toseland not to take the ride, he appears to have pulled a devious move - in pre-season testing he has matched the factory Ducatis.