In 2009 Yamaha fielded four motor bikes in the Moto GP championship. Two were works bikes, sponsored by Fiat, and two were entered by the satellite team Tech 3, sponsored by the Monster energy drinks company. Tamiya have produced three kits enabling us to make all of that year's bikes. I set myself a project to build all three during the two week Chinese New Year holiday, and although I built the engines and frames together, saving time and paint, I didn't make my self-imposed deadline! However, they are finished now, and here they are. The Fiat team's riders, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, had much success, and for the Estoril race, changed their livery from the normal blue and white to silver and white in order to publicise the launch of the Fiat Punto Evo car. I've chosen to model Rossi's machine in blue and white, and Lorenzo's in silver and white (especially as Lorenzo won the Estoril race). The Tech 3 machines sported a very attractive black colour scheme with Monster Energy's three claw mark logo, their riders were Colin Edwards and James Toseland, I've modelled No 5, as raced by Colin Edwards. As well as pictures of the finished models I've included some views of part built kits, the box art, and examples of the real thing. Hope you enjoy looking, and thanks to iModeller for having such an easy to use site
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