Minichamps MIN122080024 2008 Ducati Desmosedici GP 8 Team Alice MotoGP Bike - Toni Elias (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 Toni Elias. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and removable fairings that reveals an extremely detailed engine. Also includes a detachable kickstand. Now in stock!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: December 2009
Historical Account: "Turnover" - Born on March 26th, 1983, in Manresa, Catalonia, Spain, Toni Elias is a professional motorcycle racer. He is the third member of the Elias family to compete in motorcycle racing.
Elias started racing in the 125cc World Championship in 2000 at the age of 17, finishing 3rd in 2001 and taking his first win in the Dutch TT at the prestigious Assen circuit. He went to 250s for 2002, finishing 4th that year, 3rd a year later, and 4th in 2004.
In 2005, he entered MotoGP for Fortuna Yamaha. In 2006 and 2007 his Fortuna backing has got him a ride for Gresini Honda alongside 2005 runner-up Marco Melandri. He only took one podium in 2006, albeit his first, and so far only, win in the top category. After a podium in the first half of 2007 he crashed at Assen, breaking his leg, sabotaging his season. He managed to make a return to the podium at Motegi.
After spending the 2008 season with the Alice Ducati team, it was confirmed in October of that year that Elias will return to Gresini Honda for 2009, replacing Shinya Nakano and to ride alongside Alex de Angelis.