With 11 race wins, including five in a row, Valentino Rossi claimed his seventh world title at the Malaysian GP with four races left to run.
He became not only a champion, but a recordbreaker - equalling Mike Hailwood’s record of 76 Grand Prix wins and firmly establishing his position in bikesport history as a modern legend.
2005 was a season of firsts; new GPs in the USA, China and Turkey as well as a maiden GP win for Marco Melandri, who finished second overall in an impressive rise through the rankings from his 2004 final standing of 10th place. He and Troy Bayliss began their first season with Honda with high hopes of championship success, alongside Colin Edwards' debut with Yamaha and Carlos Checa’s with Ducati.
This year also signalled important goodbyes - to Neil Hodgson who moved to the AMA Superbike Championship and team Aprilia, which withdrew from MotoGP competition.
Alongside changes in line-up, new rules added to the excitement of this year’s championship. Fuel tank capacity was reduced from 24 to 22 litres, and a new weather rule insisted that riders were not to stop in the rain unless whiteflagged - all of which pushed riders abilities even further, resulting in 17 action-packed, highly entertaining rounds, all captured by trackside and on-bike cameras.
If it’s action and speed you’re looking for, look no further than this official MotoGP review - nothing else comes close!
Featuring expert commentary by Julian Ryder and Toby Moody.
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