Minichamps MIN122063077 2006 Yamaha YZR-M1 Team Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP Bike - James Ellison (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
Yamaha's YZR-M1 came to the track in 2002, with Max Biaggi who had arrived from Honda onboard. The YZR-M1 was thought to be the complete package, and able to take Yamaha back to winning races.
However, it was found to have a combination of problems which made it very difficult to ride. Firstly the chasis was described by Biaggi as "evil" that chattered often, and a harsh 2-stroke like power delivery. In two seasons it achieved 2 wins - ironically, both in the wet where it was said to be even more diabolical. In the 2003 season Biaggi became almost nonchalant and open rather than discrete on his comments of how bad and useless the bike was, and if only he could be on a Honda, how everything could be okay.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2006 Yamaha YZR-M1 Team Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP bike driven by James Ellison. 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: March 2008
Historical Account: "Crossover" - Born on September 19th, 1980, in Lancaster, James Ellison is an English motorcycle racer. He is currently competing in the British Superbike Championship with the GSE Yamaha team. He is a double European Superstock champion, and has previously raced in both MotoGP and the American AMA Superbike series. His brother Dean is also a motorcycle racer.
In 2005, he scored seven points whilst riding an underpowered bike, but impressed with his attitude and ability.
For 2006 he switched to the Tech 3 Yamaha team. At Philip Island he made history as the first rider to switch bikes mid-race, onto a bike with wet weather tyres. He later finished 16th and out of the points-scoring positions. He said that he was "disappointed" with the balance of the Yamaha M1 bike that season, and that his bike lacked a chassis modification to cure chatter, which the three other Yamaha riders had been riding.