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2006 MotoGP Photo Gallery

2006 MotoGP - Check out the action in this MotorcycleUSA.com photo essay

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Kenny Roberts Jr. - Sepang Test
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Nicky Hayden - Sepang Test
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Marco Melandri - Sepang Test
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Dani Pedrosa - Sepang Test
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Val Rossi - Sepang Test
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Casey Stoner - Sepang Test
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Colin Edwards - Sepang Test
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Chris Vermeulen - Sepang Test
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Rossi - Sepang Test
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De Puniet - Sepang Test
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Gibernau - Sepang Test
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Randy de Puniet - Sepang Test
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Shinya Nakano - Sepang Test
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Yamaha Tech 3 Rider James Ellison
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Marco Melandri - Sepang Test
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Casey Stoner - Sepang Test
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Marco Melandri - Sepang Test
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Nicky Hayden - Sepang Test
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Loris Capirossi - Phillip Island
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Sete Gibernau - Phillip Island
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Randy de Puniet - Phillip Island
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Shinya Nakano - Phillip Island
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Toni Elias - Phillip Island
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Nicky Hayden - Phillip Island
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Kenny Roberts - Phillip Island
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Marco Melandri - Phillip Island
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Dan Pedrosa - Phillip Island
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Casey Stoner - Phillip Island
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Casy Stoner - Phillip Island
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Makoto Tamada - Phillip Island
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Makoto Tamada - Phillip Island
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Shinya Nakano - Phillip Island
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Randy De Puniet - Phillip Island
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Colin Edwards - Qatar Test
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John Hopkins - Qatar Test
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Valentino Rossi - Qatar Test
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Is it just my imagination or did Rossi play Romeo in that old movie version of Romeo and Juliette you had to watch in Junior High - Qatar Test
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Chris Vermeulen - Qatar Test
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Loris Capirossi - Second Sepang Test
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Colin Edwards - Second Sepang Test
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Sete Gibernau - Second Sepang Test
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John Hopkins - Second Sepang Test
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Valentino Rossi - Second Sepang Test
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Rossi turns 27 - Second Sepang Test
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Yamaha unveils its new livery at a preseason press conference.
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Catalunya Test
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Colin Edwards - Jerez
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Sete Gibernau - Jerez
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John Hopkins - Jerez
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Shinya Nakano - Jerez
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Valentino Rossi - Jerez
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Chris Vermeulen - Jerez
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Loris Capirossi - Jerez
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Randy de Puniet - Catalunya
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Loris Capirossi - Jerez
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Sete Gibernau - Jerez
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Shinya Nakano - Jerez
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Valentino Rossi - Jerez
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Loris Capirossi (65) and Daniel Pedrosa (26) battled for the majority of the race in Jerez with the Ducati pilot pulling out the big win.
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Kenny Roberts Jr. - Team KR - Jerez
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Loris Capirossi - Marlboro-Alice Ducati - Jerez
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Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins (21) leads Carlos Checa (7) and Chris Vermeulen - Jerez
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden - Jerez
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Ducati's Loris Capirossi celebrates his victory at Jerez with the crowd.
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Valentino Rossi's Jerez race got off to a horrible start with a first turn crash ending his chance at a podium - Jerez
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You done good kid. Stoner makes snaring pole positions look easy when he claims one on his second-ever MotoGP event. Maybe a podium or, gulp, a victory isn't that outrageous a result to shoot for either - Qatar
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Stoner's incredible results at Losail extend into raceday where he finished fifth overall - Qatar
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Loris Capirossi was just edged out by rookie Stoner for the pole position. Here he is making some kind of gesture I'm not familiar with, or he's just the happiest dang gang member in the whole wide world - Qatar
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John Hopkins listening to the 'Why in the Hell Did I Sign with Suzuki for Two More Years Blues' on his I-Pod.- Qatar
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It had been a couple months since Rossi has been able to do this after a race and say to himself: 'I wonder how far back they are?' At Qatar Rossi was back to his winning ways - Qatar
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Valentino Rossi leads Nicky Hayden and Loris Capirossi - Qatar
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Loris Capirossi leads Casey Stoner - Qatar
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Team Roberts got some attention when KRJR led all riders after the first practice day. Things fell back down to earth in qualfying and on raceday when he finished 10th, but who would have guessed Team Roberts would have two top-10 finishes after Round 2? - Qatar
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Nicky is now an established podium threat every week, battling with Rossi for the lead until the bitter end - Qatar
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Some say the rider is 80% of the equation and that may be true, but even the best rider in the world can't win on a bike that contributes nothing but problems - Qatar
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Capirossi and Hayden have been on the podium each of the first two races but the Italian is the points leader after two rounds - Qatar
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Nakano was unable to break into the top 10, but was still the toplaced green rider after Randy de Puniet's DNF - Qatar
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Chris Vermeulen claims the pole position at Istanbul
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Marco Melandri - Turkey
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Pedrosa at Istanbul
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Be careful Hopper, the way your season has been going the wheel might fall off - Shanghai
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Rizla Suzuki - John Hopkins - China
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Camel Honda's Colin Edwards - China
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden - China
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Dani Pedrosa (26) leads Nicky Hayden (69) - China
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Colin Edwards was fastest in practice at Le Mans, the scene of his first podium in 2005.
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa - MotoGP
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Marco celebrates his second win of the year. The first MotoGP rider to do so this season - Le Mans
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Rossi is having trouble this season, but who's to blame? - Le Mans
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Nicky and Vermeulen exchange glances at Le Mans
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A first turn melee forced Edwards to run wide in Turn 1 and the Texan had to fight his way back for back to finish sixth - Le Mans
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Nicky got a top 5, but lost ground to the hard-charging Melandri in the points - Le Mans
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Melandri was able to get his second win of the year and tie himself up with Capirossi for second in the points chase - Le Mans
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Casey Stoner has been solid as... well, a rock this season. Never finishing lower than sixth - Le Mans
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Capirossi fought hard for a second-place finish - Le Mans
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Hopkins was running strong, until he crashed in Lap 4 - Le Mans
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Gibernau and Edwards had to work their way through the ranks to earn single-digit finishes - Le Mans
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Things looked promising for Nakano at Le Mans, but a starting gaffe earned him a ride-through penalty - Le Mans
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Rossi and Jeremy Burgess try to get things ironed out after a Le Mans heartbreaker. Missed it by that much... - Le Mans post-race testing
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Rossi recieved the Laureus World Sports’ ‘Spirit of Sport’ award, after his disappointment at Le Mans.
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Rossi at Mugello
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John Hopkins faded from his fourth-place start to finish 10th - Mugello
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Kawasaki's Nakano got passed on the final straight by Hopkins to finish 11th - Mugello
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Nicky's podium finish puts him back where he belongs if the championship is in his cards - Mugello
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Toni Elias finished right behind his Fortuna teammate for seventh - Mugello
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Melandri was unable to challenge for the lead after running off into the gravel - Mugello
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Kenny Roberts Junior was running strong for a solid eighth-place finish - Mugello
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Casey Stoner had a crushing set back when he highsided out of the Sunday race - Mugello
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Honda's Repsol rookie, Pedrosa, got a fourth-place result, although the front three were well ahead at the finish - Mugello
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Gibernau won the pole position, but had to settle for a fifth-place finish - Mugello
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Hayden's third-place finish has him tied with Capirossi for the title - Mugello
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Loris Capirossi almost have the Italians a double reason for joy at Mugello, but the Italian rider was unable to push the Italian bike into the win - Mugello
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The Mugello podium included Capirossi, Rossi, and Hayden, who sported a new hairstyle - Mugello
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Valentino Rossi was back on the pace, locked in a stubborn duel with Loris Capirossi for the win - Mugello
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Capirossi ran into some hard luck at Catalunya, the hard luck being teammate Gibernau! - Catalunya
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Alex Hofmann re-signed with the Pramac d'Antin squad, but will be out of commission for a while due to surgery to remove screws and plates in his foot and ankles.
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Melandri was the third-rider, along with the two Ducati's, to not make it back for the red-flag restart - Catalunya
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During the confusion of the restart, Nakano made a mistake in his position, when he didn't pull in for the required penalty he was black-flagged - Catalunya
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When things got back underway, Casey Stoner was up front, but repeated his Mugello result with a DNF - Catalunya
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Dani Pedrosa went down in the first-turn melee and later after the restart - Catalunya
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Toni Elias was another rider to earn the dreaded DNF - Catalunya
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Casey Stoner was consistently fast through the first quarter of the season, now he is riding a two-race crash streak - Catalunya
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Makoto Tamada got one of his better results, in part because seven out of 18 riders were unable to finish - Catalunya
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Chris Vermeulen contributed to one of Suzuki's most sucessful days in MotoGP with a sixth-place finish - Catalunya
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Hopkins was dicing with Rossi at times - Catalunya
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It was an American face-off for the final podium spot, with Suzuki's Hopper unable to fend off one-time teammate, Kenny Roberts Junior - Catalunya
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Nicky Hayden is all alone with the points lead. Can the Kentucky Kid win the title without winning a race? - Catalunya
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Hayden and Junior hit the bottle after a successful podium finish - Catalunya
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Not a bad day for Team Roberts - Catalunya
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Rossi crossed the finish line in style - Catalunya
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The Catalunya podium featured two Americans - Catalunya
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Catalunya makes two in a row for The Doctor - Catalunya
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Camel Yamaha's Colin Edwards - Assen
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John Hopkins claimed the pole position - Assen
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John Hopkins claimed the pole position - Assen
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Could Nicky pull off the win at Assen?
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Melandri fought hard to qualify at the top of the third row - Assen
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Bruised and battered, Supermarco fought on - Assen
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Casey Stoner hasn't liked the changes made to the track, but he needs to worry about changing his recent results - Assen
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa (26) leads Casey Stoner and Kenny Roberts Jr. (10) - Assen
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Camel Yamaha's Colin Edwards was in control until the last turn of the race - Assen
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden recovers from his off-track adventure to go on and win his second career GP race and the 200th GP win for Honda - Assen
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Nicky Hayden celebrates win number 200 on the podium with his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa - Assen
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Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins (21) lead Nicky Hayden for a couple laps at Assen
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Peewee was on fire at Donington
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It was a frustrating day for Vermeulen, starting from the front to drop to 16th due to mechanical difficulties - Donington
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Randy de Puniet was the top-placed Kawasaki after Nakano's retirement - Donington
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Rossi was able to take second-place but has to fight off a feisty Melandri to hold it - Donington
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Riding for the injured Gibernau, Alex Hofmann finished 13th - Donington
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Shinya Nakano couldn't follow up his exciting second-place Assen finish, instead earning a DNF due to his early retirement - Donington
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John Hopkins did his best, but after running with the leaders in the early laps, he faded to an eighth-place result - Donington
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Edwards can't get no satisfaction after his Assen disaster finishing sixth - Donington
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Rossi and Melandri were dueling for second-place right up to the bitter end - Donington
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Nicky needs to take a deep breath and remember he still owns a 26-point lead - Donington
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Loris Capirossi's season went wayward at Catalunya, but the tough Italian continues to plod on - Donington
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Team Roberts rider, Kenny Roberts Junior, was running strong throughout the entire contest and earned a top-5 finish - Donington
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Two of Honda's best and brightest celebrate their podium finishes - Donington
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Once Pedrosa made the pass, it was all over - Donington
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Dani Pedrosa may be small, but he packs a mean punch - Donington
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Rossi struggled to find the right set up in practice and qualifying - Sachsenring
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Rossi celebrates his GermanGP victory on the podium wearing the Italian national team jersey next to second-place rider Marco Melandri and third-place finisher Nicky Hayden. Italy defeated France for the World Cup in Germany just a week ago.
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Chris Vermeulen was the top-finishing Suzuki rider, ending the day in seventh - Sachsenring
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Colin Edwards had a rotten weekend all around, finishing in 12th - Sachsenring
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Carlos Checa was respectable on the Dunlop-shod Tech 3 and earned a top-10 ninth-place finish - Sachsenring
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John Hopkins couldn't crack the single digits to finish 10th - Sachsenring
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Loris Capirossi was back to his top-5 self, but is still not quite back to pre-Catalunya form - Sachsenring
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Gibernau's eighth-place finish wasn't overwhelming, but a solid return from his Catalunya injuries - Sachsenring
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Casey Stoner wasn't cleared by doctors to participate in the Catalunya race after a crash in the pre-race warmup session - Sachsenring
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Kawasaki is looking good in 2006.
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Shinya Nakano earned a second-row start and turned it into a sixth-place finish - Sachsenring
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Konica Minolta Honda's Makoto Tamada was running top-5 and then KRJR came along and wammo! - Sachsenring
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Pedrosa had the pole position but slipped to fourth, finishing just over three tenths behind Rossi - Sachsenring
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Kenny Roberts Junior was going great until Lap 10, when he crashed and took Tamada out with him - Sachsenring
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Once again it was Melandri who was able to step up and challenge The Doctor in the final laps - Sachsenring
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It has been a good couple weeks for Italian athletes in Germany - Sachsenring
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Rossi's victory moved him into second place, just 26 points behind Hayden - Sachsenring
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Hayden took the lead in the early laps but fell back and settled for a solid third-place finish - Sachsenring
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Vermeulen snagged the pole position and was running up for a podium finish, but a small error cost him a spot on the rostrum - Laguna Seca
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Edwards rocketed to a front row start, but fell backwards once the race got going - Laguna Seca
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Edwards running the special USGP livery through the corkscrew - Laguna Seca
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Edwards' decal on his M1 - Laguna Seca
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Colin Edwards' USGP colors are a little different - Laguna Seca
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Elias ran off the track during the race, but was able to finish, although way back in 15th - Laguna Seca
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Vermeulen was able to retain the lead after winning the pole position the day before - Laguna Seca
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Nicky Celebrates his second consecutive USGP win and now owns a 34-point advantage in the championship over his Repsol teammate and second-place finisher, Dani Pedrosa - Laguna Seca
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Hopper finished sixth. It was an improvement over his eighth-place finish last season but it had to sting a bit that Australian teammate Vermeulen was one spot ahead - Laguna Seca
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Tamada had a couple good runs in practice and qualifying but after 32 laps he finished 11th - Laguna Seca
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Melandri just hung tough and finished on the podium. A far cry from his Lap-1 DNF last year - Laguna Seca
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Marco Melandri was the beneficiary of some mistakes made by the guys in front, but hung in there for an impressive podium - Laguna Seca
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Was Rossi's melting ice dog an odd premonition of things to come on Sunday? - Laguna Seca
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'A couple races ago everybody thought it was a fluke at the beginning of the year, but my boys are for real and our team is really strong.' - Laguna Seca
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Rossi was in fourth and in the hunt for the podium before the M1 overheated - Laguna Seca
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Nicky wasn't blowing people away in practice or qualifying, but when it mattered most, The Kentucky Kid stepped up big time - Laguna Seca
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Stoner was fast all weekend, unfortunately he was also a bit reckless. - Laguna Seca
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KRJR was fastest on Day 1, but couldn't translate the feat into a podium, finishing in fourth - Laguna Seca
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Hayden gave the home crowd something to shout about after qualifying - Laguna Seca
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This shot of Jeremy smiling in the Camel Yamaha pits must have come post-Rossi DNF - Laguna Seca
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Six races to go and The Doctor is 50 points behind - Laguna Seca
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You got to love Nicky's country work ethic: 'Some races it don't pay off to be fit, you know, big tracks where it's pretty easy. But today was really hot, really physical, and you know, that's why you get up with the sun and go to work in the morning.' - Laguna Seca
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By the end of Rossi's '06 USGP, the left side of his rear tire was shot - Laguna Seca
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The Kentucky Kid strikes again - Laguna Seca
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Now it would appear that Hayden's biggest threat will be from his teammate Pedrosa - Laguna Seca
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They may have made some changes, but the Laguna Seca circuit is still Hayden's backyard turf - Laguna Seca
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On Friday KRJR looked like a sure thing, but that didn't pan out on Sunday - Laguna Seca
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Hayden wouldn't be denied his second USGP win - Laguna Seca
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Gibernau's 10th-place finish wasn't half bad considering how poorly the Ducs ran at Laguna and the fact that Sete ended up still having problems with his collarbone - Laguna Seca
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Rossi was the man to beat in practice and qualifying, but on race day it was a different story - Brno
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Capirossi was back with a vengeance - Brno
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Carlos Checa pushes the Dunlop-shop Tech 3 Yamaha - Brno
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Second-place was not so bad. Rossi could take comfort in the fact that he brought his machine across the finish - Brno
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Vermeulen was unable to repeat his Laguna success - Brno
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Rossi was happy for his fellow Italian's victory - Brno
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John Hopkins peeled off a two-position upgrade on the final lap - Brno
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Nakano was able to pass Hayden on the final lap - Brno
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Casey Stoner returned to race-finishing form - Brno
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Melandri was one of the many riders to best the fading Kentucky Kid - Brno
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Kenny Roberts Junior ran a very strong race, finishing fourth - Brno
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An aggressive Pedrosa celebrated a podium and come dangerously close to taking out Hayden and Rossi at different junctures of the race - Brno
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The wheels all but came off of Hayden ride during the final laps - Brno
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The greatest battle in the race was the head-to-head battle between Rossi and Pedrosa - Brno
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The Rossi/Pedrosa battle got extremely close, with a couple of close calls - Brno
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Catch me if you can - Brno
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Capirossi's return to the top of the rostrum was a triumph for Ducati, Bridgestone, and the once-championship-leading rider himself - Brno
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Capirossi was untouchable at Brno.
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The Rizla girls are always a welcome sight - Brno
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Edwards is becoming a less relevant as the season wears on. Can the Texan find a way to go out with a bang? - Sepang
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Capirex was a stallion at Sepang. The only problem was Rossi was just a little bit better - Sepang
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Gibernau's fifth-place finish was a solid result for the Spaniard as he returns from injury - Sepang
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The Doctor was magnifico at Sepang, providing a thrilling battle with Capirex - Sepang
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What can I say? I am veddy veddy good - Sepang
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It looks like the battle between Loris and Valentino will headline the remainder of 2006 - Sepang
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'Hon, do you mind not standing so close? This place is hot enough as it is.'
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Stay cool Nick, you still have a 22-point advantage in the championship, but you got to get back up on that podium - Sepang
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He might be under five feet and weigh less than 100 lbs, but Dani Pedrosa is a fierce competitor and showed some grit with a podium finish despite an injured knee - Sepang
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KRJR bested all the sattelite Honda squads with his seventh-place finish - Sepang
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Rossi took the win at Sepang after an amazing duel with Capirossi - Sepang
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Toni Elias was running pretty well before he crashed out in front of his Fortuna ally, Marco Melandri - Sepang
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It was not a good day for the Kawasaki team, with Nakano and De Puniet colliding in the first lap, forcing Nakano to DNF and De Puniet to continue from the dead last - Sepang
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John Hopkins finished sixth, but in the past few races has shown the ability to gain rather than fade in the final laps - Sepang
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Marco Melandri wasn't happy with his starting position, as he never got an opportunity to use a qualifyer, and went on to finish ninth - Sepang
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Vermuelen wasn't spectacular, but did manage to finish 11th behind Edwards - Sepang
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Back pain contributed to Stoner's fall from top 5 to his eighth-place result - Sepang
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Pedrosa is showing some resilience, after earning a podium despite an knee injury. The diminutive Spaniard may be Hayden's greatest rival in the championship - Sepang
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De Puniet had his moment in the sun as the fastest rider on Friday, but fell back to earth, and 11th-place, on Sunday - Phillip Island
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Loris Capirossi was unable to continue to two-race streak of podiums and challenging for the win, having to settle for seventh at the Island - Phillip Island
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Shinya Nakano was wailing in the opening laps after taking the lead off the start, but when the rain fell and riders switched machines, Nakano started to fade - Phillip Island
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Melandri's victory at Phillip Island marks the Fortuna Honda rider's third of the season. Only Rossi has won more in 2006 - Phillip Island
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Rossi was up and down on Sunday. Before changing machines, Rossi made an amazing charge up through the ranks were he was passing two bikes at a time with ease! - Phillip Island
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Vermeulen douses his fellow countrymen with some bubbly after his podium - Phillip Island
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It was a victorious day for Melandri, but for Vermeulen it was his first-ever podium appearance and it was made extra special by being in front of his home crowd - Phillip Island
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Casey Stoner just missed a top-5 finish for his home crowd - Phillip Island
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Dani Pedrosa suffered the most from the impromptu pit change, falling way off the pace in the second half of the 26-lap contest - Phillip Island
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Colin Edwards was looking respectable before he crashed out on Lap 7 for a DNF - Phillip Island
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Carlos Checa was a surprise, running up in the single-digits before a second bike change put him out of the running and then, shortly thereafter, out of the race altogether - Phillip Island
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Hopkins' fortunes faded as the rain began to fall - Phillip Island
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Chris V. was stormin' out in the wet and would yield the lead to Melandri, but manage his first-ever MotoGP podium in second - Phillip Island
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Sete was primed for his first podium on the Ducati, but his great rival would have none of it - Phillip Island
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It was a horrible race for Team Roberts, with KRJR a lap down in 14th - Phillip Island
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With three to go, is it too late for The Doctor to make up 21 points on Hayden? - Phillip Island
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Fifth-place never felt so good. Running ahead of Rossi would have been better, but the Kentucky Kid didn't suffer too much in the points - Phillip Island
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'My lead is only 21 now?' The pressure for Hayden is now greater than ever - Phillip Island
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Nicky inked a two-year extension during the Japanese round - Motegi
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'Make me faster than Rossi' - Motegi
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What might have been? It looks like Catalunya may have cost Capirossi his championship - Motegi
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No one could stop Loris Capirossi as the Ducati ace took a flag-to-flag victory at Motegi. The Italian was joined on the rostrum by his two fellow countrymen, Valentino Rossi and Marco Melandri - Motegi
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Loris Capirossi's victory is his second consecutive at Motegi and vaulted him up into fourth overall in the championship - Motegi
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Casey Stoner runs in fourth in front of the Motegi crowd. The young Aussie was unable to hold the position and faded back to eighth before crashing out of the race on Lap 13 - Motegi
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Toni Elias had a strong ride, finishing sixth ahead of both his Honda compatriots Pedrosa and Stoner - Motegi
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Hayden is clutching on to his dwindling lead but benefited at Motegi from Nakano's final lap DNF as well as Capirossi's victory, which kept Rossi's hands off of valuable championship points - Motegi
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Marco Melandri is coming on strong at the season's end - Motegi
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Melandri's podium appearance helped Honda seal up the constructors championship. The Italian is now also third-place in the championship - Motegi
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Pedrosa has faltered a bit in recent rounds, but has managed to win Rookie of the Year in MotoGP, making the young Spaniard the ROY in every MotoGP class - Motegi
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Stoner couldn't maintain his top-5 pace and would go on to DNF after crashing on Lap 13 - Motegi
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Valentino Rossi is doing everything within his power to make this season a nailbiter and now stands just 12 points behind Hayden for the title.
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Unlike last round, Gibernau would not be overtaken on the final lap and held on to fourth, with Shinya Nakano crashing out after his front wheel touched Gibernau's in the final turns - Motegi
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The V-4 800 from Honda breaks wrapper at the Motegi test.
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The V-4 800 from Honda breaks wrapper at the Motegi test.
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The V-4 800 from Honda breaks wrapper at the Motegi test.
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The Ilmor maiden race wasn't overwhelming, but McCoy did manage to earn a single point - Estoril
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Garry McCoy ended the day four laps down, but still finished 15th and earned a point - Estoril
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Hopper wasn't the fastest rider out there, but keeping it on two wheels to the finish he managed a sixth-place result - Estoril
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Gibernau's bad luck got worse, when Casey Stoner took him out in the opening laps. To add insult to injury, it appears that Stoner will replace Gibbers on the Ducati for '07 - Estoril
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The Doctor was the main benificiary off the Repsol debacle, but Rossi lost five points to a surprising Elias - Estoril
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Electrical problems for the Ilmor X3 into the pits during the race, but they still finished and claimed a point in the championship race - Estoril
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Elias was a man on a mission during the 28-lap contest - Estoril
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Pedrosa and Hayden were primed to challenge the Camel Yamaha team before the disaster struck - Estoril
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Toni Elias celebrates his first-ever victory in the MotoGP class and took the checker in dramatic fashion - Estoril
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Loris Capirossi faded from fifth to 12th when his rear grip began to fade - Estoril
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De Puniet was the top-finishing Kawasaki in 10th - Estoril
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Nakano would get carried off on a stretcher after a nasty crash on the first lap - Estoril
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Carlos Checa was impressive with a 7th-place finish. Just imagine what the Spaniard will do next year on the LCR Honda - Estoril
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Edwards did an excellent job of fending off potential Rossi challengers, but about halfway thru he lost positions to Elias and KRJR - Estoril
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Roberts rode hard and was the leader heading into the final lap - Estoril
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Faustino Gresini watches his team perform, with Elias the unexpected ace this weekend - Estoril
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KRJR was close to breaking his six-year winless drought, but was content with a third-place podium - Estoril
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Hayden looked about ready to blow a gasket after the crash, and I'm not talking about his RC211V either - Estoril
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Makoto Tamada may have benefitted from the early exits of Stoner, Gibernau, Hayden, and Pedrosa, but a top-5 finish is a keeper in anyone's book - Estoril
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Edwards did everything Pedrosa did not, got a solid top-5 finish and helped his teammate take the championship lead - Estoril
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Rossi was back to his customary place, atop the championship standings - Estoril
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Casey Stoner took out Gibernau during the opening laps. A prelude to the expected rider change with Stoner taking Gibber's ride on the Ducati for 2007 - Estoril
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Elias resigned with the Gresini team after his impressive win at Estoril.
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Chris Vermeulen has had an impressive year for his rookie MotoGP campaign.
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Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden - Valencia
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Nicky Hayden - 2006 MotoGP Champion
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Nicky Hayden unleashes his Rebel Yell after securing the 2006 title with a third place finish at Valencia.
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Team Ducati gave Troy Bayliss a one race ride and it paid off with him leading a 1-2 finish in the finale - Valencia
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Alex Hofmann will be returning with the Pramac d'Antin squad in 2007, but crashed out in his final race of 2006 - Valencia
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Jose Luis Cardoso will be discarded in 2007 for Alex Barros. 2006 was a rough campaign, with Cardoso finishing last amongst the regular riders - Valencia
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Troy Bayliss scored more championship points in one race than Cardoso and was just one shy of Ellison - Valencia
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Vermeulen showed some flashes of brilliance in his rookie campaign, but crashed out of the finale - Valencia
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Tamada is finished with Honda and will campaign in '07 on for the Tech 3 Yamaha team - Valencia
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Nicky was a happy man at the press conference - Valencia
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James Ellison's 2007 plans are up in the air - Valencia
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KRJR's year went better than expected, with a couple of podiums to his credit and a solid top-10 finish in the overall points - Valencia
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Will the Pramac d'Antins be more of a force in 2007? - Valencia
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Colin Edwards couldn't do much for his teammate - Valencia
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Bayliss's win was nothing short of amazing - Valencia
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Toni Elias did well for himself with a sixth-place finish in the finale - Valencia
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Melandri was fighting hard but unable to hold third in the championship, losing to Capirex by one point - Valencia
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Dani Pedrosa did his best to make up for his Estoril gaffe and finished behind his teammate Hayden - Valencia
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Rossi's troubles are evident from the first corner as he got squeezed off from his pole position advantage - Valencia
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Bayliss and Capirossi were responsible for the finest Ducati performance of the season - Valencia
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Nakano's run on the Kawasaki was his last as he will contend 2007 on the Konica Minolta Honda - Valencia
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There goes the title - Valencia
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Nicky was a happy man Sunday afternoon - Valencia
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Nicky Hayden, 2006 MotoGP Champion - Valencia
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The Kentucky Kid pulled it off - Valencia
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Chris Vermeulen: I'm reasonably happy with my result - but as I've said before I always want to be higher up. I got a good start today - my best so far in MotoGP.