Minichamps MIN122080001 2008 Ducati Desmosedici 16 GP8 Team Marlboro MotoGP Bike - Casey Stoner (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 2008 Ducati Desmosedici 16 GP 08 Team Marlboro MotoGP Bike driven by Casey Stoner. 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: November 2009
Historical Account: "Lights to Flag Win at Donnington" - Stoner opened the 2008 season with a victory at Qatar, before a run of two races without a podium. He returned to success with a second place at Mugello, before starting a run of seven successive pole positions. He turned three of them into successive victories - a lights-to-flag win at Donington, leading every lap at Assen six days later, and recovering from a huge Friday crash at Sachsenring to win in the wet after Dani Pedrosa crashed, to move within 20 points of the championship lead. However, successive crashes while fighting for the lead at Laguna Seca (where he remounted to finish second to Valentino Rossi), Brno and Misano ensured that he could not defend the title successfully. Stoner finished the 2008 season as runner-up to Rossi with 280 points, the highest amount of points gained without taking the title.