Minichamps MIN122021211 2002 Ducati 998 R Team Ducati-Infostrada Superbike - Ruben Xaus (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.
Spaniard Ruben Xaus first race on a Superbike was during the German Superbike Championship in 1998. In the following two years he participated in the Supersport World Championship and from 2001 onwards he started as a works driver for Ducati, competing in the Superbike World Championship. During the 2002 season, which consists of 26 races held in 9 different countries, Ruben Xaus collected 249 points (two 2nd and eight 3rd place finishes) and was listed 6th in the overall standings. With a total of 575 points, the Ducati team was awarded the coveted Manufacturers' title.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2002 Ducati 998 R Superbike driven by legendary racer Ruben Xaus. 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: Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Rubén Xaus is a motorcycle road racer, presently competing in the Superbike World Championship. For 2009 he joins the new factory BMW team, his first ever campaign in WSBK on anything other than a Ducati. He was runner-up in this series in 2003, and spent the next two years in MotoGP with mixed results. He is nicknamed 'Spiderman', as his lanky frame leads him to hang over the bike in an unusual way.