Minichamps MIN122026306 2002 Yamaha YZR 500 GP Team Antena 3 MotoGP Bike - Norick Abe (1:12 Scale)
"I like to ride all out from the very beginning, my eyes and body get accustomed to the speed, and I want to heighten my awareness."
- Japanese 500CC racer, Norick Abe
The Yamaha YZR 500 is equipped with a "Deltabox" aluminum frame, that weighs in at 131 kg. It is powered by a water-cooled four cylinder, two-stroke engine equipped with the "Yamaha Power Valve System" (Y.P.V.S.). This system allows for shorter outlet valve times and provides good torque even at low revolutions. Power output is quoted at approximately 180hp @ 12,500 rpm.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2002 Yamaha Team Team Antena 3 YZR 500 GP bike driven by Norick Abe. 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: "Norick"- Born on September 7th, 1975, Norifumi "Norick" Abe is a Japanese motorcycle road racer. When he was eleven, he began racing minibikes, and spent his earlier career competing in motorcross. He turned to road racing when he was fifteen and also competed in the United States. In 1992, he was the runner up in the 250cc category for the domestic National A championship; the following year, at the All Japan Road Race Championship Norick won the 500cc title at the category's final year and became the youngest title winner.
In 1994, while racing in his home championship, he had a chance to race at the 1994 Japanese Grand Prix as a 'wild card' He shocked the field by challenging for the win until three corners from the finish before falling off. His performance impressed Kenny Roberts' Yamaha team, and he was offered two more rides in 500cc championship that year, which yielded two 6th places and a earned him a full-time Grand Prix ride for the 1995 season.
He took his first podium finish in 1995, and his first win and 5th overall a year later. The team he rode for in 1997 was run by another former champion, the paraplegic Wayne Rainey, and Abe took regular points finishes over the next two seasons including four podiums. He joined the D'Antin team in 1999, won at Rio that year, and won again at Suzuka a year later, amidst two seasons on less competitive machinery, in which his solid finishing ensured that his 100% record of top 10 championship finishes continued.
However, 2002 was the first year of MotoGP regulations, and Norick did not like these bikes. As such, when D'Antin went over to them for 2003, Norick left the team, and instead acted as a factory test rider and occasional guest racer for Yamaha. He got another chance in the Tech 3 Yamaha team for 2004, but was unsuccessful, and was moved to Yamaha's returning World Superbike squad for 2005. Despite having less support than Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt, he finished in the championship top 10. In 2006, he was less competitive, failing to score a podium. For 2007, he is not competing in the series.