Finest Obliging Prix battles remembered: Estoril 2006


Rather merely, the closest MotoGP™ discontinue in historical past. Lawful 0.002 seconds separated Toni Elias and Valentino Rossi over the road

Your MotoGP™ viewing for the following few days has been sorted attributable to We’ve made certain that ten of the ideal Obliging Prix battles are gratis so that you just can glance, in fats, for this week. We’re moreover diving into extra detail for a opt few and this day we’ll ogle at the yarn surrounding the 2006 Portuguese Obliging Prix, the penultimate spherical of the 2006 season.

2006 Portuguese Obliging Prix: MotoGP™ Paunchy Lag 12/11/2009

Relive the 2006 Grande Premio de Portugal at Estoril

Lawful 50 parts remained within the fight to change into 2006 MotoGP™ World Champion after we descended upon Estoril. On the time, Repsol Honda’s Nicky Hayden, chasing his first World title, used to be 12 parts certain of Valentino Rossi, who chasing his eighth and a sixth consecutive crown.

In qualifying, Rossi took pole characteristic attributable to a brand contemporary fastest-ever lap spherical the Estoril circuit with teammate Colin Edwards and title rival Nicky Hayden joining him on the entrance row; the American true a section sooner than rookie teammate Dani Pedrosa.

HAYDEN – Press Convention after flee 15/10/2006

One amongst the defining moments of the flee came early on when Pedrosa tried to push sooner than Hayden. Unbelievably, Pedrosa tucked the entrance and cleaned out his teammate, leaving both Repsol Honda machines within the gravel entice and, at the time, it felt savor Pedrosa had robbed Hayden of a necessary World Championship. The checklist of the vital-passed over Hayden trudging thru the gravel entice with raw emotion across his face one which will are living with a range of us perpetually.

10 years ago – Elias marvelous in Portugal 12/10/2016

We ogle motivate at the 2006 Estoril Obliging Prix, where Toni Elias edged out Valentino Rossi in an yarn fight

It used to be an more than a few for Rossi to capitalise. He chanced on the road with ‘HAYDEN OUT’ on his pit board. 25 parts would give him a 13-level succor going into the final spherical on the assorted hand it wasn’t to be as straight ahead as that. The two Camel Yamahas of Rossi and Edwards would attain up in opposition to the KR Proton of Kenny Roberts Jr, browsing for a necessary premier class select in six years, and a certain 23-year-dilapidated Spaniard by the title of Toni Elias, who had his eyes on a debut MotoGP™ victory.

Valentino ROSSI after flee 17/10/2006

What followed used to be nothing searching a standard as three numerous men hit the entrance of the final lap of the flee, with Hayden even admitting afterwards he used to be “rooting for Roberts and Elias better than their very maintain fogeys” as he prayed they could attain him a favour within the fight for the title.  

Toni ELIAS after flee 15/10/2006

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