TAMIYA "Telefonica Honda RC211V"

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TAMIYA Masterwork Collection No.10

About the Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V
Honda's RC211V, employing evolutionary V5 4-stroke engine technology, dominated the 2002 MotoGP Class of the WGP, winning 14 out of 16 races. Continuing the legacy into the 2003 season, a total of seven RC211V motorcycles were used by four Honda teams.
The motorcycle itself continued to mature with the shape of the upper cowl being altered by changes to the ram air duct, and a larger gap on the sides of the seat cowl. Mechanical changes led to a more powerful engine and the use of a new style clutch enabling smooth engine breaking. Honda's unique unit pro-link suspension also became more resilient. Team Telefonica Movistar Honda, managed by F. Gresini, invested in two riders, Spaniard Sete Gibernau from Suzuki, and Japanese rider Daijiro Kato. In the opening race of the season, Kato passed away after a tragic accident mid-race. The second race of the season, the South African GP, saw a tribute race by Gibernau to his late Japanese teammate, with the Spaniard adorning his motorcycle and suit with Kato's number 74. Gibernau gained pole position, but slipped into second from the outset of the race. He was able to regain the leading position from Ducati's T. Bayliss and withstand the chase from 2002 World Champion V. Rossi, also riding a Honda RC211V, to take out an emotional victory. Gibernau gained victories also in France, where he was joined by new teammate Japanese rider Ryuichi Kiyonari, and in Holland.
*Introducing the 2003 Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V to the Masterwork Collection Series.
*A beautiful model with a professional finish, the cobalt blue contrasted with the checkered fluorescent yellow makes for an impressive display piece.
*Model is dedicated to Daijiro Kato, champion Japanese rider who tragically passed away in the first race of the 2003 season at Suzuka, Japan.
*Seat cowl and fuel tank cover of kit version has been re-designed to accurately replicate Kato's machine (original kit is based on Gibernau's no. 15)
*Wheels made using die-cast parts, creating a realistic sense of weight and power.
*Side cowling and under cowl can be detached using precision screws (screwdriver included)
*Overall length=172mm