Minichamps MIN122103005 2010 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP Bike - Colin Edwards (1:12 Scale)
"We are in Italy and occasionally you have to deal with an Italian rider who wants to be a hero and today that was De Angelis. De Angelis is the guy who needed to be wearing Valentino's donkey helmet." (in reference to a special edition helmet being worn by Valentino Rossi."
- Colin Edwards, lamenting on his relationship with Alex de Angelis after the 2009 San Marino Grand Prix
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 2010 Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP Bike driven by Colin Edwards. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and removable fairings that reveals an extremely detailed engine. Also includes a detachable kickstand.
Pre-order! Ship Date: 2015.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: ?
Historical Account: "Texas Tornado" - Edwards once again demonstrated consistent form in the 2009 MotoGP season, establishing himself as the strongest satellite rider in the championship. He secured a second place finish in the British Grand Prix at Donington Park.
After being caught in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix, Edwards directed typically outspoken criticism towards Alex de Angelis, claiming: "We are in Italy and occasionally you have to deal with an Italian rider who wants to be a hero and today that was De Angelis. De Angelis is the guy who needed to be wearing Valentino's donkey helmet." (in reference to a special edition helmet being worn by Valentino Rossi."