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2008 Yamaha YZR-M1 Team Fiat MotoGP Bike - Valentino Rossi

Minichamps 2008 Yamaha YZR-M1 Team Fiat MotoGP Bike - Valentino Rossi, World Champion




 
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Minichamps MIN122083046 2008 Yamaha YZR-M1 Team Fiat MotoGP Bike - Valentino Rossi, World Champion (1:12 Scale) "I'm Valentino Rossi. And I want to be a person, not an icon."
- Valentino Rossi

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 Fiat MotoGP Bike driven by Valentino Rossi. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and removable fairings that reveals an extremely detailed engine. Also includes a detachable kickstand. Sold Out!

Dimensions:
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches

Release Date: February 2010

Historical Account: "Superstitions" - Rossi is a very superstitious person and his pre-ride rituals are well known. Prior to riding (whether racing, qualifying, or practice), he will start his personal ritual by stopping at about 2 metres from his bike, bend over and reach his boots (thus the 2004 TV spoiler "Are you ready boots?"). Then, when arriving at his bike, he will crouch down and hold the right-side foot-peg, with his head bowed. It is not known whether he is in silent prayer, if he is getting in the correct frame-of-mind needed to ride, or paying respect to a fellow racer, family member, or friend. He will also be adjusting the fit of his leathers by standing straight up on the foot-pegs, whilst riding the pit-lane before the start of race or practice; this may merely be a matter of comfort, which has become a much-commented upon habit. He also revealed in an interview with MotoGP.com that he always puts one boot on before the other, one glove on before the other, and he always gets on the bike the same way. He also gets off the bike in the same way, swinging his right leg over the front of the bike.

Features
  • Diecast metal construction
  • Rubber tires
  • Highly detailed engine and parts
  • Removable fairing
  • Comes with a kickstand

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