Minichamps MIN122021206 2002 Ducati 998 RS Team Renegade Superbike - Michael Rutter (1:12 Scale)
"I get a call from Ducati asking if I was interested in the ride. I didn't need asking twice...!"
- Troy Bayliss, after being approached by the Ducati Factory to replace the injured "King Carl" Fogarty
The Ducati 998R "Testastretta" is equipped with a water-cooled two cylinder- 4 cycle-fuel injected engine. It has a cubic capacity of 999 cc and an output of approx. 188 bhp @ 12.500 rpm. The maximum speed is in excess of 300 kph. One special feature of the engine is the "desmodromic" valve operation. This system of force operation works without valve springs, the valves are operated directly by cam lobes and/or rocker arms. The camshaft is driven by a toothed belt, as customary for Ducati engines.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2002 Ducati 998 R Superbike driven by legendary racer Michael Rutter. Features a working suspension, removable fairing, and highly detailed components. Also includes a detachable kickstand. One piece left in stock!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Historical Account: "The Blade" - Born on April 18th, 1972, in Wordsley, England, Michael Rutter, nicknamed "The Blade", is a British motorcycle racer. He has a reputation for being at his best in wet conditions and his favourite circuit is Oulton Park. He has won 26 British Superbike Championship races, most recently at Mallory Park in 2008, and finished as series runner-up twice. He has also contested MotoGP and World Superbike Championship events.
He spent 1999 in the 500cc World Championship, scoring occasional points but not being among the front runners. He returned to the domestic series for 2000 on a Ray Stringer private Yamaha. Again, a wet race provided his only victory. Still, his road racing results dwarfed what he managed on track.
After a solid 2001, Rutter came second to Steve Hislop in 2002 with the renegade Ducati team, including eight wins and five poles. He was third for the team in 2003, this time dwarfed by Shane Byrne.
He spent 2004 and 2005 with the factory Honda team. In 2004, he was never off the front row and took 11 podiums in the first 12 races, but a midseason run of 6 non-podiums gave Suzuki's John Reynolds the title. In 2005, Honda team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari had the better of Rutter, who came 3rd overall and lost the ride for 2006.