Minichamps MIN122060257 2006 Ducati 999 F06 Team Ducati-Xerox Superbike - Lorenzo Lanzi (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 999 is the latest of the Ducati 916, Ducati 996 and the Ducati 998 range. The 999 was designed by Pierre Terblanche, amid much controversy and criticism relating to that styling. Subsequently more powerful 999S and 999R versions were introduced, the latter capable of 0-62 mph in under 3 seconds and a top speed of over 170 mph.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2006 Ducati 999 F06 Team Ducati-Xerox Superbike driven by Lorenzo Lanzi. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and removable fairings that reveals an extremely detailed engine. Also includes a detachable kickstand. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: October 2008
Historical Account: "Superbikes" - Born on October 26th, 1981, in Cesena Italy, Lorenzo Lanzi is a professional motorcycle racer currently competing in the Superbike World championship.
He first started racing in 1996 at the age of 15 in the Italian 125 Sport class, winning the title two years later before moving up to 125GP in the Italian and European championships. In 2001 he moved to 250GP but his season wasn’t a successful and he was forced to take a one-year break from racing in 2002. 2003 saw him racing for Rox Ducati in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. He lost out on the title by three points. In 2004 he moved to the Supersport World Championship riding for Ducati Breil finishing the season in 5th place.
In 2005, Lanzi joined the Caracchi Ducati team in the Superbike World Championship. He had a poor start of the season and injury kept him out of two rounds. A series of 8 successive top ten finishes earned him a promotion at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz round where he raced for the Xerox sponsored Ducati factory team in place of the injured Régis Laconi. He took pole position for the races. In race one he overshot the first corner and had to go down an escape road, seeing him cut several corners. He rejoined third, but had missed enough of the track to earn a ride-through penalty, dropping him down the field, although he fought back to 8th. However, in race 2 he took the win ahead of Chris Vermeulen and Noriyuki Haga. He got his 2nd superbike win at Magny-Cours race 2 later that year.
His 2005 performance was enough to earn him a place on the factory team for 2006. However, whilst team-mate Troy Bayliss dominated the season, Lanzi did not win any races. He finished the season 8th overall. He remained in the team for 2007, but he was once again overshadowed by his team mate and he was often behind Ruben Xaus who was riding a 2006-spec Ducati.
He was dropped by the factory Xerox Ducati team for 2008 but continues to ride a Ducati, for Team RG. He took victory in Valencia race 1 - he overtook Troy Bayliss for third on the final lap, just before Max Neukirchner and Carlos Checa collided while battling for the lead. However, this was his only top-5 finish of the season, and he came 14th overall.