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Rossi and Hayden: What their places will mean for the title

Rossi and Hayden: What their places will mean for the title

Rossi and Hayden: What their places will mean for the title

With Valentino Rossi leading Nicky Hayden by eight points heading into the final race of the season, it goes without saying that finishing ahead of the American on Sunday at Valencia would be enough for the Camel Yamaha rider to clinch a sixth premier class title and become the sole 990cc World Champion. However, there are a number of scenarios in which the Italian could cross the line behind Hayden and still take the 2006 crown.

MotoGP.com presents the following scenarios to keep you abreast of what the two riders' positions in the race will mean in championship terms, showing what Rossi needs to do if Hayden finishes in the top seven.

Hayden wins the race
Rossi needs to finish second if the American is first past the chequered flag.

Hayden takes second
Rossi can afford to have one rider between himself and Hayden if the Repsol Honda rider finishes second. Nothing less than fourth place would hand him the title.

Hayden finishes third
The final podium possibility. Rossi can afford to sit back in eighth if Hayden is only able to take the third spot on the rostrum.

Hayden finishes fourth

If Hayden is off the podium in Valencia, then Rossi wouldn't even need to be one of the first ten past the line. Eleventh place would see him crowned 2006 MotoGP World Champion.

Hayden comes in sixth
Fourteenth place would be sufficient for a Rossi title win if Hayden rounds off the top six on Sunday.

Hayden finishes seventh

If Hayden can only manage seventh, then a single point for Rossi would be enough for premier class title number six.

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MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi

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