Minichamps MIN122026165 2002 Honda NSR 500 Team West Honda MotoGP Bike - Loris Capirossi (1:12 Scale)
"I'm really happy with the bike, it's going extremely well and it's very fast."
- Loris Capirossi
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 1L12 scale replica of a 2002 Honda NSR 500 Team West Honda MotoGP bike driven by legendary racer Loris Capirossi. 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: "Another 'Rossi'" - Born on April 4th, 1973, in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna, Italy, Loris Capirossi is an Italian Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, who currently rides for the factory Ducati MotoGP team. He is a former 250cc World Champion for Aprilia.
In 2003 he joined Ducati, taking their first win at Barcelona and 4th overall, before a slightly disappointing 2004 on a bike with huge straight line speed but a lack of grip. Still, he stayed on the bike more often than team-mate Troy Bayliss, and thus stayed in the team for a 2005 season which saw him become competitive by the end of the year, aided by improving Bridgestone tires.
Capirossi and Ducati started the 2006 season with a striking victory and he had a second place in both the French and Italian grand prix, tying for first in Moto GP points with American Nicky Hayden. However, he was caught up in a multiple bike collision at the start at Barcelona, missing the restart and losing championship ground to Hayden. Though he was knocked out in this horrendous looking accident, he did not suffer very serious injuries beyond significant bruising. He returned for the next round, but a run of less competitive results saw him slip to 5th in the standings before the race at Brno. However, in this race he started 2nd, took the lead at the start, and pulled away from the field for an easy victory. He attributed this to a late setup change the team believe can be applied to the bike at all circuits.