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2006 In Review: Rossi limps home at Jerez

2006 In Review: Rossi limps home at Jerez

2006 In Review: Rossi limps home at Jerez

With the breakneck pace of this year's MotoGP World Championship, you could be forgiven for forgetting just how much has gone on thus far this season. In the post-Laguna Seca/pre-Brno break, takes a look back at some of the key moments of 2006.

Today we go all the way back to round one of the season, the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. Expectations were high coming into the race, with fans eager to see their preseason questions answered. Would Rossi dominate again? How would the MotoGP rookies adapt to the premier class? Who would set out their stall early in the championship?

Spectators didn't have to wait long for a talking point. As a matter of fact, by the time the riders had reached turn one they had witnessed an incident which tore up the script for the season. Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi, winner of the opening race of the campaign for five years running, was forced off-track as a result of an incident with Toni Elias, and would rejoin the race dead last.

The Italian star eventually came in 14th, the worst result of any Grand Prix where he'd crossed the finishing line. In fact, one had to go back two years, to the 2004 German Grand Prix, to find a race where Rossi had passed the chequered flag without a podium place. The scene was set for perhaps the most exciting season in MotoGP history.

MotoGP, 2006, Valentino Rossi

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