MotoGP » MotoGP title showdowns: 1949-2012

A rundown of the 15 previous premier-class title showdowns...

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Flavio Bonnin

November 06, 2013 12:01 PM

great article guys, but you need to ammend it. For 1992 you mention "This was the only occasion that a rider arriving at the final race behind in the championship standing has gone on to take the title. " BUT for 2006 " Rossi arrived with an eight-point advantage over Nicky Hayden who, actually become the champion, after Rossi had crashed on lap five and re-started to finish 13th. " Cheers,


November 06, 2013 12:46 PM

I remember watching that race in 2006. It was unbelievable watching Rossi crash at the first corner!! I was gutted, absolutely gutted!! It was more or less a done deal that he was going to win, so having this happen was a total catastrophe!!! Nicky Hayden had only actually won 1 race in the whole of the season, just won through consistency which seemed to me to be a bit wrong, but he won the title nonetheless. I think a title needs so many wins behind it as how can you say you are the best when you only won the 1 race - there has always been somebody better than you to me, but there you go!! It's points that make prizes at the end of the day!


November 06, 2013 2:32 PM


Hayden won two races, Assen and Laguna Seca. What sealed the title was only one retirement from Hayden and a worst finish of 9th. Rossi however won 5, but retired from 3, and had 14th at Jerez and a 13th at Valencia.

A title of consistency (rider and machine reliebility) and largely keeping out of trouble


November 06, 2013 3:26 PM

Hayden fans (and there are a lot) will of course deny it but he won the championship not because of how fast he or the Honda was, but because of how many times the Yamaha flat out stopped working for Rossi. It was like Spies' run 2011, every race the bike ******* up.


November 06, 2013 3:28 PM

If I remember correctly Tony Elias also took part in this championship. He took out Valentino in Jerez and beat him in Portugal in one of the greatest battles of MotoGP.
Was it also Pedrosa that took out Hayden in Portugal in the very same race ?


November 06, 2013 7:41 PM

Well it did look like Nicky could have taken 1st against bayliss and caparossi but once he saw that pit board he slowed down enough to secure the title. We'll never know of course, but he was sure going for it.
And yes there was some luck involved, but it was still Nicky who was there to take advantage, could have been someone else, but it wasn't.
Elias cost Rossi a few points that year too.

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