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       Factory Yamaha YZR 500 2001
 
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Kit features:
Highly detailed 2 stroke V4 cylinder engine & engine parts
Realistically reproduced cowling of 2001 version
Decals for 2 types included

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The raw excitement of the 2001 500cc MotoGP World Championship revolved around two Italian superstars: Yamaha YZR500 rider Massimiliano "Max" Biaggi and Honda NSR500 rider Valentino Rossi. Both are former champions of 250cc racing, where they fostered their amazing skills.

Biaggi was particularly dominating in this class, taking the championship for four straight years from 1994 and earning himself the nickname "The Roman Emperor". In 1998, he switched over to 500cc racing and moved from Honda to Yamaha in the following year. In 2001, he earned the coveted riders championship crown, riding the YZR500, which had undergone a number of changes to improve rider feel, confidence and rideability. These changes enabled crisper throttle response in slow corners, which encouraged the rider to accelerate harder and earlier, one of the YZR500's stronger characteristics.

Improvements were also made to the backbone of the bike, the twin spar aluminum Deltabox frame, for better twist, yaw, and vertical flexibility. The biggest change to the appearance of the 2001 model was the new carbon-fiber bodywork, which is designed to offer more stability at high speeds. The bulbous front served to better deflect wind over the rider.

Although Rossi came out strong by winning the first three rounds of the season, Biaggi cut him short in Round 4, securing his first victory at the French Grand Prix. Spanish rider, Carlos Checa "El Toro", of the same Factory Yamaha team finished in second. Biaggi later went on to take Round 7, Dutch TT and Round 9, German Grand Prix, closing the gap with Rossi to a mere 10 points.
 
 
                           
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