2006 was notable for being the year that Valentino Rossi’s stranglehold on MotoGP slipped slightly and Nicky Hayden claimed the World Championship. Rossi was hampered by bad luck throughout the season and some mechanical errors that prevented him from scoring points on a number of races – but Nicky Hayden’s consistency kept him challenging Rossi at the top of the standings. Amazingly Rossi managed to fight back and by the final race of the season in Valencia Rossi looked likely to take the World Championship once again. Everything was turned on its head when Rossi crashed and Hayden finished in third to claim the World Title.
Videos of Valentino Rossi’s 2006 MotoGP Season:
Valentino Rossi at Sachsenring 2006:
The German round of the 2006 MotoGP season saw once of the most exciting races in years, with Rossi fighting his way up the field to challenge Hayden, Pedrosa, and Melandri – all 4 riders were fighting for victory right up the the final corner in a thrilling race. Watch the highlights of Rossi at Sachsenring in 2006 below: