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MotoGP: Rossi was further back than Marquez in 2006

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez needs a comeback similar to Valentino Rossi in 2006.
Reigning double MotoGP champion Marc Marquez may have dropped 49 points from title leader Valentino Rossi, but the Italian knows more than anyone that the Honda star can still make a comeback.

During a dramatic 2006 season, which also saw three competitive manufacturers, Rossi overcame a 51-point deficit within just five rounds to seize the title lead from Nicky Hayden by eight points heading into the Valencia finale.

Rossi went on to lose the championship after falling at Valencia, but with twelve rounds of the 2015 season remaining Marquez and Honda have much more time on their side.

Rossi had scored 65 points after the opening six rounds of the '06 season, while Marquez has scored 69 points at the same stage this year. Like Marquez, Rossi suffered two non-scores, but had claimed two wins rather than the single victory so far for Marquez.

Marquez is presently fifth in the standings behind Rossi, Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (-6 points), plus Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso (-35) and Andrea Iannone (-37).

Tagged as: Valentino Rossi , 2006 , Marquez

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June 04, 2015 12:00 PM

No offense intended but Nikki was just banging out top 5's at the time he wasn't winning so this year is completely different. Jorge and Rossi are both capable of winning multiple races and the Ducatis are both top 5 week in week out so unless he wins every race here on out Marc is done for the year.

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