Minichamps MIN122080050 2008 Ducati Desmosedici GP 8 Team Alice MotoGP Bike - Sylvain Guintoli (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
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 GP 8 Team Alice MotoGP bike driven by Sylvain Guintoli. 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
Release Date: December 2009
Historical Account: "A Dream Come True" - Born June 24th, 1982, in Montalimar, France, Sylvain Guintoli is a professional motorcycle racer. He spent most of his career in the 250cc World Championship on private bikes, he made a single MotoGP start in 2002 during his run in the 250cc class, where he stayed until moving up to Moto GP in 2007.
In 2007, he raced in the Moto GP class for the Tech 3 Yamaha team. He described the opportunity as a "dream come true", but suffered a setback early in testing when he crashed and broke his collarbone, eliminating him from testing for several weeks. He has scored solid lower-order points in 2007, but shone in damp conditions at Le Mans, briefly leading before falling, but rejoining to finish 10th. He finished 4th at the Motegi GP, making this his best MotoGP finish, and Dunlop's best finish on an 800cc bike. There were further regular lower-point finishes in 2007.
He was officially snapped up by Luis d'Antin, to ride the Ducati Desmocedici in 2008 for Pramac d'Antin, now renamed as Alice Team (replacing Alex Hofmann), on Saturday, September 15th. Guintoli had an average 2008 finishing 13th in the championship, with his best finish being a 6th in the German Grand Prix. At the end of the season Alice Team did not renew Guintoli's contract and with no other seats free he was forced to leave Moto GP to find a ride.