Minichamps MIN122083052 2008 Yamaha YZR-M1 Team Tech 3 MotoGP Bike - James Toseland (1:12 Scale)
"I took a big hit this morning, I felt like I got punched by Mike Tyson, but I was a little lucky and now I feel better. I also hope Karl will feel better soon. That was really a difficult test. We found some difficulties during the long turn. We don't have good grip and that's where we lose most of our time; we're not capable of using all the power we have. I guess we just have to work hard."
- James Toseland
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 2008 Yamaha YZR-M1 Team Tech 3 MotoGP Bike driven by James Toseland. 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: October 2010
Historical Account "Crash" - James Michael Toseland (born October 5th, 1980, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire) is an English motorcycle racer. Toseland was the 2007 World Superbike Champion on a Ten Kate Honda, who also won the 2004 Superbike World Championship on a Ducati. Toseland is currently competing in the World Superbike Championship for the Sterilgarda Yamaha team, but has been dropped for next year as Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty join the team. He is one of only two men, the other being Troy Corser, to have won the Superbike World Championship for two different manufacturers. As well as being a motorcyclist, Toseland is also a pianist (reaching Grade 6) and singer who performs regularly with his band "Crash" when not at home in the Isle of Man, Toseland performed alongside Ray Stubbs for BBC's Sport Relief, as well as playing a piano set at the British sports personality of the year awards 2007.