2006_Grand_Prix_motorcycle_racing_season

2006 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

The 2006 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 58th F.I.M. Road racing World Championship season.

Season summary

The 2006 MotoGP season was one of the closest battles and most thrilling in recent memory in which Honda's Nicky Hayden didn't claim the championship from Valentino Rossi until the final race of the year. The victory was Hayden's first World Championship. Seven different riders claimed Grand Prix victories including first time winners Daniel Pedrosa, Toni Elías and Troy Bayliss. Yamaha's Valentino Rossi fought back from a 51 point deficit to lead the championship going into the final rounds. Hayden's fortunes took a dip when he was taken out by his team-mate Pedrosa at the penultimate round in Portugal, but he bounced back to win the crown when Rossi crashed at the final round at Valencia.

In the 250 class, Aprilia's Jorge Lorenzo won his first championship taking 8 victories. Another Aprilia rider took the 125 crown with Álvaro Bautista also taking 8 wins.

Grands Prix

Date Grand Prix Circuit 125 winner 250 winner MotoGP winner Report
March 26 Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Álvaro Bautista Jorge Lorenzo Loris Capirossi Report
April 8 Qatar Grand Prix Losail Álvaro Bautista Jorge Lorenzo Valentino Rossi Report
April 30 Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul Héctor Faubel Hiroshi Aoyama Marco Melandri Report
May 14 Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai Mika Kallio Hector Barbera Daniel Pedrosa Report
May 21 French Grand Prix Le Mans Thomas Lüthi Yuki Takahashi Marco Melandri Report
June 4 Italian Grand Prix Mugello Mattia Pasini Jorge Lorenzo Valentino Rossi Report
June 18 Catalan Grand Prix Catalunya Álvaro Bautista Andrea Dovizioso Valentino Rossi Report
June 24 Dutch TT Assen Mika Kallio Jorge Lorenzo Nicky Hayden Report
July 2 British Grand Prix Donington Park Álvaro Bautista Jorge Lorenzo Daniel Pedrosa Report
July 16 German Grand Prix Sachsenring Mattia Pasini Yuki Takahashi Valentino Rossi Report
July 23 United States Grand Prix Laguna Seca No 125cc and 250cc race Nicky Hayden Report
August 20 Czech Republic Grand Prix Brno Álvaro Bautista Jorge Lorenzo Loris Capirossi Report
September 10 Malaysian Grand Prix Sepang Álvaro Bautista Jorge Lorenzo Valentino Rossi Report
September 17 Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Álvaro Bautista Jorge Lorenzo Marco Melandri Report
September 24 Japanese Grand Prix Motegi Mika Kallio Hiroshi Aoyama Loris Capirossi Report
October 15 Portuguese Grand Prix Estoril Álvaro Bautista Andrea Dovizioso Toni Elías Report
October 29 Valencia Grand Prix Valencia Héctor Faubel Alex de Angelis Troy Bayliss Report

2006 MotoGP World Championship final standings

  • Rounds marked with a light blue background were under wet race conditions.

Pos Rider Team

ESP QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER USA CZE MAL AUS JPN POR VAL Pts
1 Hayden Honda 3 2 3 2 5 3 2 1 7 3 1 9 4 5 5 Ret 3 252
2 Rossi Yamaha 14 1 4 Ret Ret 1 1 8 2 1 Ret 2 1 3 2 2 13 247
3 Capirossi Ducati 1 3 6 8 2 2 Ret 15 9 5 8 1 2 7 1 12 2 229
4 Melandri Honda 5 7 1 7 1 6 Ret 7 3 2 3 5 9 1 3 8 5 228
5 Pedrosa Honda 2 6 14 1 3 4 Ret 3 1 4 2 3 3 15 7 Ret 4 215
6 Roberts Roberts 8 10 13 13 Ret 8 3 5 5 Ret 4 4 7 14 9 3 8 134
7 Edwards Yamaha 11 9 9 3 6 12 5 13 6 12 9 10 10 Ret 8 4 9 124
8 Stoner Honda 6 5 2 5 4 Ret Ret 4 4 DNS Ret 6 8 6 Ret Ret Ret 119
9 Elías Honda 4 8 5 11 9 7 Ret DNS INJ 11 15 11 Ret 9 6 1 6 116
10 Hopkins Suzuki 9 Ret 17 4 15 10 4 6 8 10 6 7 6 12 12 6 11 116
11 Vermeulen Suzuki 12 Ret 7 Ret 10 14 6 10 16 7 5 12 11 2 11 9 Ret 98
12 Tamada Honda 10 14 10 6 7 9 7 11 11 Ret 11 13 14 10 10 5 12 96
13 Gibernau Ducati Ret 4 11 9 8 5 Ret INJ INJ 8 10 INJ 5 4 4 Ret INJ 95
14 Nakano Kawasaki 7 11 8 10 12 11 DSQ 2 Ret 6 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret Ret 7 92
15 Checa Yamaha 13 12 15 14 11 15 8 9 10 9 7 15 12 Ret 14 7 10 75
16 de Puniet Kawasaki Ret Ret 12 12 Ret 13 Ret 14 12 Ret 12 14 13 11 Ret 10 Ret 37
17 Hofmann Ducati 15 15 16 15 13 Ret 10 12 13 Ret 14 16 15 13 16 11 Ret 30
18 Ellison Yamaha 16 13 18 16 14 16 9 Ret 14 13 13 17 16 16 15 13 14 26
19 Bayliss Ducati 1 25
20 Cardoso Ducati Ret 16 Ret 17 Ret 17 11 17 15 14 16 Ret 17 17 Ret 14 Ret 10
21 Akiyoshi Suzuki 13 3
22 McCoy Ilmor 15 15 2
Pos Rider Team ESP QAT TUR CHN FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER USA CZE MAL AUS JPN POR VAL Pts

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2006 250cc World Championship final standings

Place Rider # Bike Country Team Points Wins
1 Jorge Lorenzo 48 Spain Fortuna Aprilia-Aprilia 289 8
2 Andrea Dovizioso 34 Italy Humangest Racing Team-Honda 272 2
3 Alex De Angelis 7 San Marino Master - MVA-Aprilia 228 1
4 Hiroshi Aoyama 4 Japan Red Bull-KTM 193 2
5 Roberto Locatelli 15 Italy Team Toth-Aprilia 191 0
6 Yuki Takahashi 55 Japan Humangest Racing Team-Honda 156 2
7 Héctor Barberá 80 Spain Fortuna Aprilia-Aprilia 152 1
8 Shuhei Aoyama 73 Japan Repsol Honda-Honda 99 0
9 Sylvain Guintoli 50 France Equipe GP de France - Scrab-Aprilia 96 0
10 Marco Simoncelli 58 Italy Squadra Corse Metis Gilera-Gilera 92 0
11 Anthony West 14 Australia Kiefer - Bos - Racing-Aprilia 78 0
12 Jakub Smrž 96 Czech Republic Cardion AB Motoracing-Aprilia 58 0
13 Alex Debón 6 Spain Fortuna Aprilia-Aprilia 50 0
14 Manuel Poggiali 54 San Marino Red Bull-KTM 50 0
15 Martín Cárdenas 36 Colombia Würth Honda BQR-Honda
Repsol Honda-Honda
37 0
16 Alex Baldolini 25 Italy Matteoni Racing-Aprilia 26 0
17 Andrea Ballerini 8 Italy Campetella Racing-Aprilia 24 0
18 Sebastian Porto 19 Argentina Repsol Honda-Honda 20 0
19 Aleix Espargaró 42 Spain Wurth Honda BQR-Honda 20 0
20 Jules Cluzel 16 France Equipe GP de France-Aprilia 15 0
21 Dirk Heidolf 28 Germany Kiefer - Bos - Racing-Aprilia 15 0
22 Arnaud Vincent 21 France Arie Molenaar Racing-Honda 14 0
23 Arturo Tizón 23 Spain Wurth Honda BQR-Honda 11 0
24 David De Gea 41 Spain Repsol Honda-Honda 9 0
25 Ryuji Yokoe 86 Japan RT Morinokumasan Sendai-Yamaha 8 0
26 Franco Battaini 9 Italy Campetella Racing-Aprilia 7 0
27 Fabricio Perren 37 Argentina Stop And Go Racing Team-Honda 5 0
28 Ratthapark Wilairot 87 Thailand Thai Honda Castrol Endurance-Honda 6 0
29 Jordi Carchano 24 Spain Stop And Go Racing Team-Aprilia
WTR Blauer USA-Aprilia
4 0
30 Seijin Oikawa 89 Japan Will Access With Plus Myu-Yamaha 3 0
31 Taro Sekiguchi 44 Japan Campetella Racing-Aprilia 3 0
32 Chaz Davies 57 United Kingdom Campetella Racing-Aprilia
Arie Molenaar Racing-Honda
Grillini Racing-Honda
3 0
33 Luca Morelli 22 Italy Nocable Angaia Racing-Aprilia 2 0
34 Álvaro Molina 41 Spain Andalucia Team Mas-Aprilia 2 0

2006 125cc World Championship final standings

Place Rider # Bike Country Team Points Wins
1 Álvaro Bautista 19 Spain Master - MVA-Aprilia 338 8
2 Mika Kallio 36 Finland Red Bull KTM-KTM 262 3
3 Héctor Faubel 55 Spain Master - MVA-Aprilia 197 2
4 Mattia Pasini 75 Italy Master - MVA-Aprilia 192 2
5 Sergio Gadea 33 Spain Master - MVA-Aprilia 160 0
6 Lukáš Pešek 52 Czech Republic Derbi Racing-Derbi 154 0
7 Gábor Talmácsi 14 Hungary Humangest Racing Team-Honda 119 0
8 Thomas Lüthi 1 Switzerland Elit - Caffe Latte-Honda 113 1
9 Julián Simón 60 Spain Red Bull KTM-KTM 97 0
10 Joan Olivé 6 Spain SSM Racing-Aprilia 85 0
11 Fabrizio Lai 32 Italy Valsir Seedor Racing-Honda 83 0
12 Simone Corsi 24 Italy Squadra Corse Metis Gilera-Gilera 79 0
13 Pablo Nieto 22 Spain Multimedia Racing-Aprilia 66 0
14 Nicolás Terol 18 Spain Derbi Racing-Derbi 53 0
15 Tomoyoshi Koyama 71 Japan Malaguti Ajo Corse-Malaguti 49 0
16 Raffaele De Rosa 35 Italy Multimedia Racing-Aprilia 37 0
17 Sandro Cortese 11 Germany Elit - Caffe Latte-Honda 23 0
18 Angel Rodríguez 10 Spain 3C Racing-Aprilia 20 0
19 Bradley Smith 38 United Kingdom Repsol Honda-Honda 20 0
20 Pol Espargaró 92/42 Spain Team RACC Derbi-Derbi
Campetella Racing Junior-Derbi
19 0
21 Lorenzo Zanetti 8 Italy Skilled I.S.P.A. Racing Team-Aprilia 18 0
22 Andrea Ianonne 29 Italy Campetella Racing Junior-Aprilia
WTR Blauer USA-Aprilia
15 0
23 Esteve Rabat 80/34 Spain Wurth Honda-Honda 11 0
24 Karel Abraham 44 Czech Republic Cardion AB Motoracing-Aprilia 8 0
25 Mike Di Meglio 63 France FFM Honda Grand Prix 125-Honda 8 0
26 Stefan Bradl 17 Germany Red Bull KTM Junior Team -KTM 4 0
27 Federico Sandi 12 Italy SSM Racing-Aprilia 4 0
28 Manuel Hernández 43 Spain Nocable Angaia Racing-Honda 4 0
29 Hiroaki Kuzuhara 90 Japan WTR Blauer USA-Aprilia 1 0

  • Rabat and Espargaró rode race with wildcard and got permanent ride later. They used two different numbers during the season.

MotoGP constructors final standings

Place Constructor Points Wins
1 Honda 360 8
2 Yamaha 289 5
3 Ducati 248 4
4 Suzuki 151 0
5 KR211V 134 0
6 Kawasaki 109 0
7 Ilmor 2 0

250cc constructors final standings

Place Constructor Points Wins
1 Aprilia 357 10
2 Honda 290 4
3 KTM 205 2
4 Gilera 92 0
5 Yamaha 8 0

125cc constructors final standings

Place Constructor Points Wins
1 Aprilia 373 12
2 KTM 267 3
3 Honda 170 1
4 Derbi 163 0
5 Gilera 79 0
6 Malaguti 49 0

Participants

MotoGP participants

No Rider Team Constructor Chassis Tyre
5 Colin Edwards Camel Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1
6 Makoto Tamada Konica Minolta Honda Honda RC211V
7 Carlos Checa Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1
8 Naoki Matsudo Kawasaki Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR
8 Garry McCoy Ilmor SRT Ilmor X3
10 Kenny Roberts, Jr. Team Roberts Roberts / Honda KR211V
12 Troy Bayliss Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP6
15 Sete Gibernau Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP6
17 Randy de Puniet Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR
21 John Hopkins Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki XRE4
22 Ivan Silva Pramac d'Antin MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP5
24 Toni Elías Fortuna Honda Honda RC211V
26 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC211V
27 Casey Stoner Honda LCR Honda RC211V
30 Jose Luis Cardoso Pramac d'Antin MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP5
33 Marco Melandri Fortuna Honda Honda RC211V
46 Valentino Rossi Camel Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1
56 Shinya Nakano Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR
64 Kousuke Akiyoshi Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki XRE4
65 Loris Capirossi Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP6
66 Alex Hofmann Pramac d'Antin MotoGP Ducati Desmosedici GP5
Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati Desmosedici GP6
69 Nicky Hayden Repsol Honda Team Honda RC211V
71 Chris Vermeulen Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki XRE4
77 James Ellison Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1
84 Michel Fabrizio Fortuna Honda Honda RC211V
Key
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

250cc participants

According to the official website: www.motogp.com

Number Rider Country Team
4 Hiroshi Aoyama Red Bull-KTM
6 Alex Debón Fortuna Aprilia-Aprilia
7 Alex De Angelis Master - MVA-Aprilia
8 Andrea Ballerini Campetella Racing-Aprilia
9 Franco Battaini Campetella Racing-Aprilia
14 Anthony West Kiefer - Bos - Racing-Aprilia
15 Roberto Locatelli Team Toth-Aprilia
16 Jules Cluzel Equipe GP de France - Scrab-Aprilia
17 Franz Aschenbrenner Kiefer - Bos - Racing-Aprilia
21 Arnaud Vincent Arie Molenaar Racing-Honda
22 Luca Morelli Nocable Angaia Racing-Aprilia
23 Arturo Tizón Wurth Honda BQR-Honda
24 Jordi Carchano Stop And Go Racing Team-Aprilia
WTR Blauer USA-Honda
25 Alex Baldolini Matteoni Racing-Aprilia
28 Dirk Heidolf Kiefer - Bos - Racing-Aprilia
34 Andrea Dovizioso Humangest Racing Team-Honda
36 Martín Cárdenas Würth Honda BQR-Honda
Repsol Honda Team-Honda
37 Fabricio Perren Stop And Go Racing Team-Honda
41 Michele Danese WTR Blauer USA-Aprilia
42 Aleix Espargaró Wurth Honda BQR-Honda
44 Taro Sekiguchi Campetella Racing-Aprilia
48 Jorge Lorenzo Fortuna Aprilia-Aprilia
50 Sylvain Guintoli Equipe GP de France - Scrab-Aprilia
52 David de Gea Repsol Honda-Honda
54 Manuel Poggiali Red Bull-KTM
55 Yuki Takahashi Humangest Racing Team-Honda
57 Chaz Davies Campetella Racing-Aprilia
Arie Molenaar Racing-Honda
58 Marco Simoncelli Squadra Corse Metis Gilera-Gilera
65 Alessandro Brannetti Arie Molenaar Racing-Honda
73 Shuhei Aoyama Repsol Honda Team-Honda
80 Héctor Barberá Fortuna Aprilia-Aprilia
85 Alessio Palumbo Matteoni Racing-Aprilia
96 Jakub Smrž Cardion AB Motoracing-Aprilia

125cc participants

According to the official website: www.motogp.com

Number Rider Country Team
1 Thomas Lüthi Elit - Caffe Latte-Honda
6 Joan Olivé SSM Racing-Aprilia
7 Alexis Masbou Malaguti Ajo Corse-Malaguti
8 Lorenzo Zanetti Skilled I.S.P.A. Racing Team-Aprilia
9 Michael Ransender Red Bull Junior-KTM
10 Angel Rodríguez 3C Racing-Aprilia
11 Sandro Cortese Elit - Caffe Latte-Honda
12 Federico Sandi SSM Racing-Aprilia
13 Dino Lombardi 3C Racing-Aprilia
14 Gábor Talmácsi Humangest Racing Team-Honda
15 Michele Pirro WTR Blauer USA-Aprilia
16 Michele Conti Valsir Seedorf Racing-Honda
17 Stefan Bradl Red Bull Junior-KTM
18 Nicolás Terol Derbi Racing-Derbi
19 Álvaro Bautista Master - MVA-Aprilia
20 Roberto Tamburini Matteoni Racing-Aprilia
21 Mateo Túnez Master - MVA-Aprilia
22 Pablo Nieto Multimedia Racing-Aprilia
23 Lorenzo Baroni Humangest Racing Team-Honda
24 Simone Corsi Squadra Corse Metis Gilera-Gilera
26 Vincent Braillard Multimedia Racing-Aprilia
29 Andra Ianonne Campetella Racing Junior-Aprilia
32 Fabrizio Lai Valsir Seedor Racing-Honda
33 Sergio Gadea Master - MVA-Aprilia
34 Esteve Rabat Wurth Honda BQR-Honda
35 Raffaele De Rosa Multimedia Racing-Aprilia
36 Mika Kallio Red Bull KTM-KTM
37 Joey Litjens Arie Molenaar Racing-Honda
38 Bradley Smith Repsol Honda-Honda
43 Manuel Hernández Nocable Angaia Racing-Honda
44 Karal Abrahám Cardion AB Motoracing-Aprilia
45 Imre Toth Team Toth-Aprilia
52 Lukáš Pešek Derbi Racing-Derbi
53 Simone Grotzkyj Campetella Racing Junior-Aprilia
55 Héctor Faubel Master - MVA-Aprilia
60 Julián Simón Red Bull KTM-KTM
63 Mike Di Meglio FFM Honda Grand Prix 125-Honda
71 Tomoyoshi Koyama Malaguti Ajo Corse-Malaguti
75 Mattia Pasini Master - MVA-Aprilia
90 Hiroaki Kuzuhara Malaguti Ajo Corse-Malaguti

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