Minichamps MIN122062201 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 Team Alstaire Suzuki Corona Extra MotoGP Bike - Troy Corser (1:12 Scale)
"Last year, my aim was to win as many races as possible and I was a happy man at the end of the season because I had managed to win quite a few races. I have similar goals as we approach the first race of the new season."
- Troy Corser
The GSX-R1000 is a sport bike from Suzuki's GSX-R series of motorcycles. It was introduced in 2001 to replace the GSX-R1100 and is powered by a liquid-cooled 998 cubic centimeter inline four-cylinder 4-stroke engine.
After the GSX-R1000 had been two years on the roads and race tracks, Suzuki put out a new version of the model in late September of 2002. Suzuki engineers had been working on the three things that made a fast bike faster; weight, power and handling. The 2003 year's GSX-R1000 was improved in all three counts. It weighed less, had more power/torque and handled better.
The physical dimensions of the bike were almost identical with the previous year's model. The seat height and the overall height were somewhat lower but the geometry of the bike was exactly the same as before. The already rigid aluminum allow frame was newly designed and enforced with internal ribs. The frame as well as the wheels were now coated black.
The front brakes were also new. Suzuki decided to drop the six-piston calipers. The new radially-mounted four-piston calipers weigh 30 grams less and grip smaller 300 millimeter discs that save another 300 grams. Though smaller, Suzuki claimed that the new brakes provide better stopping and turn-in performance.
The headlights of the 2003 year's GSX-R1000 were mounted vertically to enable the ram-air intakes in the front to be placed 20 millimeter nearer the bike's center line. The new design was very much inspired by the look of the Hayabusa. The instruments were also redesigned.
The cylinder displacement of the engine remained the same 988 cubic centimeters but more power/torque and better throttle response had been achieved by adding four ventilation holes between the cylinders to equalize crankcase pressure beneath the pistons, moving the air intake nearer to the centerline and upgrading the engine management system to a 32-bit CPU that monitored and controlled the engine functions, input from the rider and the exhaust tuning valve.
The entire exhaust system was now entirely made of titanium to save an additional 1.32 pounds and the tail light was replaced with LEDs.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 Team Alstaire Suzuki Corona Extra MotoGP Bike driven by Troy Corser. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and removable fairings that reveals an extremely detailed engine. Also includes a detachable kickstand.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Historical Account: "Speed Racer" - Born on November 27th, 1971, Troy Gordon Corser is an Australian motorcycle road racer, and the 1996 and 2005 World Superbike Champion. In 2007, he left Suzuki to join Yamaha.
Having previously won the Australian and AMA Superbike titles (becoming the first non-American to win the latter, before the dominance of countryman Mat Mladin), and shone in a handful of wildcard rides in WSBK (taking five podiums), he went to the series full-time in 1995. He was classified 11th in WSBK for 1994, hence his riding #11, which he used for many years. Pole for the first round showed his potential, although he only took one podium until his win at round 5 at the Salzburgring (partly due to collisions with Anthony Gobert and Piergorgio Bontempi at Monza). A strong remainder of the season (including a win at Laguna Seca, one of the few tracks on the schedule that he knew) saw him beat Aaron Slight to 2nd overall.
He won this title in 1996, but 1997 was an unsuccessful and fragmented year in the 500cc World Championship. Back in WSBK for 1998, he came close to retaking the title, helped by a double win at Laguna, the second race by a mere 0.005sec. He lead the standings before the final round, took pole, but crashing and breaking ribs in a warm-up crash. For 1999 he was teamed with Carl Fogarty on Davide Tardozzi's team, the title going to Foggy with Corser again third. In 2000 and 2001 he was on a factory Aprilia, and took seven wins on previously uncompetitive machinery, finishing in the championship top 5 in both seasons.
In 2002, he joined Carl Fogarty's Foggy Petronas team, and spent the year developing the bike before racing it in 2003 and 2004. He finished 9th in the 2004 championship, with a best result of 3rd, but chose to leave the team after this.
In 2005, he raced for the Alstare Suzuki Team on the GSX-R1000 in 2005 which enabled him to regain his position as World Superbike Champion, winning the 2005 championship after a run of early-season victories - later in the season Chris Vermeulen and Noriyuki Haga were usually the men to beat.
Troy won two races early in the 2006 World Superbike season, however a crash at Phillip Island, and a DNF at Silverstone enabled compatriot Troy Bayliss to gain the upper hand in the early stages of the title chase. A double non-finish at Assen with 4 rounds to go left him 5th in the championship, behind Bayliss, James Toseland, Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt. He ultimately overhauled Pitt to finish 4th, through a double podium at the final round.