Minichamps MIN122053095 2005 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP Bike - Colin Edwards, Laguna Seca 50th Anniversary (1:12 Scale)
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In 2005, Colin Edwards third year in the MotoGP class, he finished fourth in the Championship with the Yamaha YZR-M1. He achieved three podium finishes and was the only rider to take championship points at all 17 races, helping Yamaha to take the Manufacturers' and Teams' titles. The season-highlight for the popular Texan was a second-place in front of his home fans at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, when the World Championship returned to American soil for the first time in ten years.
This eighth round falls just ten days after the official half-century of the Yamaha Motor Company, marking 50 years since Yamaha's victorious race debut in the 1955 Mount Fuji Ascent race in Japan. Therefore Edwards bike 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.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2005 Yamaha YZR-M1 Laguna Seca 50th Anniversary MotoGP bike driven by Colin Edwards. Features a working suspension, removable fairing, and highly detailed components. Also includes a detachable kickstand.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: 2007
Historical Account: "Texas Tornado" - Born on February 27th, 1974, in Houston, Texas, Colin Edwards Jr. is a Grand Prix motorcycle road racer from the USA, who has two World Superbike titles to his credit. Edwards currently competes in MotoGP, riding a Yamaha 2006 spec YZR-M1 motorcycle. Colin's height is officially recorded as 179 cm, and his weight as 66 kg. Colin's nickname is the "Texas Tornado" and his race number has often been 45. He is married to Alyssia, with whom he has a daughter, Gracie. Colin and his family live in Conroe, Texas.
Since 2003, Edwards has competed in MotoGP. In that year he rode for the greatly troubled Aprilia team on the RS3 Cube, and his only notable accomplishment in that otherwise dismal year was avoiding serious injury when his machine caught fire at Sachsenring.
2004 saw Edwards riding for the Honda Telefonica team, and he achieved his first podium position at Donington. Edwards finished the 2004 season in fifth overall position, the highest position of any rider to have come to MotoGP from Superbike racing.
In 2005, Edwards again finished fifth, riding for Yamaha as teammate to the world champion Valentino Rossi. His best result for 2005 was a second position at Laguna Seca, behind compatriot Nicky Hayden.
2006 finds Colin Edwards once again contending the MotoGP championship with Camel Yamaha (factory team) onboard the YZR-M1 with teammate Valentino Rossi. So far, the factory Yamaha team has had a troubling start to their racing year with "chatter" problems and tire wear issues. It has been said that the YZR-M1 is the only GP bike in history to ride faster with worn tires versus fresh tires.
Recently, the factory team built a new chassis for the 2006 spec YZR-M1 to combat the aforementioned problems. Rossi took to the new chassis quickly and rode to victory at his home race of Mugello for the fifth consecutive time since 2001. Edwards didn't had the time to "gel" with the new chassis early in the season, which resulted in him sticking with the older version for the Mugello race. He finished 12th.
Going into the Catalunya, Spain round, Edwards lay eighth in the series with 49 points behind Toni Elias of Fortuna Honda by four points and ahead of Sete Gibernau of Marlboro Ducati by five points. At Assen he took the lead at the start, and led until Nicky Hayden passed him on the penultimate lap. He caught back up to his countryman on the last lap, and managed to pass him a few corners from the end. When Hayden attempted to pass him again in the final chicane, Edwards ran across the gravel and lost control of his bike, which briefly continued on without him. He remounted to finish 13th. Hayden, who ran across the gravel on the final chicane himself, managed to keep control of his bike and won the race. At his home race, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Edwards finished ninth suffering tire problems in the scorching heat like his teammate Valentino Rossi. At Estoril he qualified second and finished fourth in one of his most competitive showings of the season.