Minichamps MIN122073195 2007 Yamaha YZR-M1 Team Camel Yamaha MotoGP Bike - Colin Edwards, Australian GP (1:12 Scale)
"It's amazing that I'm still in with a chance of second place in the championship and I still have two more chances to grab hold of it. Nicky Hayden, Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi seem to have been flip-flopping places all around me but I've stayed in there and there's only a few points in it. Thankfully I can say second place in the championship is still a realistic aim with two rounds to go and that is a credit to the whole team."
- Colin Edwards, late in the 2006 MotoGP season
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 2007 Yamaha YZR-M1 Team Camel Yamaha MotoGP Bike driven by Colin Edwards at the Australian GP. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and removable fairings that reveals an extremely detailed engine. Also includes a detachable kickstand. Only 1,008 pieces produced.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: March 2009
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.