Minichamps MIN122070097 2007 Ducati Desmosedici 16 GP7 Team Marlboro MotoGP Bike with Casey Stoner Figure - Australian GP (1:12 Scale)
"It's a little bit overwhelming because we didn't really expect to get it at this race."
- Casey Stoner, 2007 MotoGP world champion, after the Japanese Montegi GP, September 23rd, 2007
Ducati started its 800 cc project extremely early and according to Ducati's racing chief Filippo Preziosi, by August 2006 Ducati had already built 20 800 cc engines with various specifications. In addition, the actual bike was track tested for the first time during early May of 2006. Public testing with the bike began at the Brno Track where Loris Capirossi won the day before riding the GP6, on the 21st of August. Lap times were only 1.4 seconds off his track record time.
Further testing of the GP7 in Motegi, Japan, revealed that the 800 cc machine could run faster laps than the higher-displacement 990 cc bikes, and held nearly a second advantage over the next fastest 800 cc (Dani Pedrosa's Honda).
It was also noted in the motosprint at Le Mans Grand Prix to have a 20 hp advantage over Honda and Yamaha, as well as a significant speed advantage, throughout the 2007 season. Also there are other aerodynamic settings to increase top speeds if needed.
In the opening race of the 2007 MotoGP season and the 800 cc era in Qatar the GP7 machine was ridden to victory by Ducati's new rider, Casey Stoner. The new bike clearly showed its surplus of power over the rest of the grid, especially on the straight parts of the track, concluding with the new track record over the last year's. Second place contender and former World champion, Yamaha's Valentino Rossi testified that "unfortunately, there was too much difference between (our) bikes in the straight" and "Our Yamaha will never go as quick on a straight as the Ducati." This words turned into a great true. During the most part of the year Stoner showed his domain obtaining their first World MotoGP championship in the circuit of Motegi, Japan, on September 23rd, 2007, four races before the end of the season.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2007 Ducati Desmosedici 16 GP 07 Team Marlboro MotoGP Bike driven by world champion Casey Stoner at the Australian GP. Comes with a replica Casey Stoner figure. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and removable fairings that reveals an extremely detailed engine. Also includes a detachable kickstand. Only 4,704 pieces produced. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: September 2009
Historical Account: "Casey the Kid" - On September 23rd, 2007, at the A-Style Japanese Grand Prix, Stoner overcame difficult Practice and Qualifying sessions to move from his grid position of 9th to 4th on the opening lap. In a race affected by intermittent weather necessitating a mid-race bike change, Stoner eventually finished 6th behind his teammate, and race winner, Loris Capirossi to secure the 2007 MotoGP World Championship after Valentino Rossi once again struggled with bike and tyre problems to finish 13th. Stoner became the first rider in over 30 years to win the MotoGP title on a European made bike as well as the 2nd youngest World Champion in the MotoGP category after Freddie Spencer, who captured his title in 1983, and at the time was 84 days younger than the 21 year old Stoner.