Minichamps MIN122053096 2005 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP Bike - Valentino Rossi, Laguna Seca 50th Anniversary (1:12 Scale)
"I'm lucky because I don't feel too much pressure - it's only in the last hour before the race, and even then it's good, positive pressure."
- Valentino Rossi, 5-Time World Champion Moto Bike Racer
At the 8th race of the 2005 MotoGP season at Laguna Seca, Yamaha celebrated the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the company with the Racing Team and on the occasion of this celebration Valentino Rossi's YZR-M1 was decorated with a special livery: Instead of the common 'Gauloises Blue', it wore a very special yellow colour with black and white livery - the colours of Yamaha / USA. With this outfit Yamaha wanted to remind of their legendary victories in the late 70's.
In 2005, for the first time after 10 years, a Motorbike GP race was staged in Laguna Seca. As this race track is quite tricky, Valentino Rossi kept a low profile in practice, but then he improved steadily. After qualifying though, he was second on the grid. During the race, he was able to defend his position initially, but at the end he had to be content with third place. However, although he was accustomed to be a winner, he was very satisfied. Before the race he had doubt whether he would have any chance at all to finish among the first three on this spectacular circuit.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2005 Yamaha YZR-M1 "Laguna Seca 50th Anniversary" MotoGP bike driven by Valentino Rossi. Features a working suspension, removable fairing, and highly detailed components. Also includes a detachable kickstand. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: June 2006
Original Issue Price: $62.99
Historical Account: "The Doctor Is In" - Born on February 16th, 1979, Valentino Rossi is an Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP World Champion. He is widely considered one of the best motorcycle racers of all time.
Following his father, Graziano Rossi, Rossi started racing in Grand Prix in 1996 for Aprilia in the 125cc category and won his first World Championship the following year. From there, he moved up to the 250cc category, again with Aprilia, and won the World Championship in 1999.
He won the 500cc World Championship with Honda in 2001, the MotoGP World Championships (also with Honda) in 2002 and 2003, and continued his streak of back-to-back championships by winning the 2004 and 2005 MotoGP World Championship after leaving Honda to join Yamaha.
He is the reigning World Champion and won his seventh World Championship (5th consecutive) in the 2005 MotoGP series. At the end of the 2005 season, Valentino Rossi holds 79 Grand Prix victories which makes him the most successful rider of the Grand Prix series, surpassing legendary rider Giacomo Agostini.