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A quarter of MotoGP crashes in 2021 were from Honda

The official Honda team did not present any rider on Saturday in the classification of the Valencia Grand Prix , the last of the season. Pol Espargaró suffered a hard crash in the final stretch of FP3, right at turn 13, flying over his bike and crashing hard on the ground, which also prevented him from racing. For the Catalan rider it was the 20th crash of the season and the second of the weekend, after also crashing on Friday in FP2, when the clock had already reached zero.

Despite seeming an astonishing number of falls, Marc Márquez surpasses him and already accumulates this year, despite missing up to four grand prix, a total of 22, which places the official Honda team as the one that fell the most with 42 accidents this year. Only in 2017, Márquez suffered more crashes (27) while the worst historical figure for Pol was in 2016, with KTM, when he crashed 14 times. This year is his record.

If we add the riders of the LCR satellite team, both riding a motorcycle like the factory ones, the figure skyrockets, with 19 accidents for Alex Márquez, who last year in his MotoGP debut only had two, and 12 for Takaaki Nakagami, a figure that he only surpassed in 2018 with 15 falls.

In total 75 –including another two by Stefan Bradl replacing Marc Márquez– of the 278 crashes in MotoGP (26%) in 2021 were by Honda, far from the second record, that of KTM, whose riders accumulated 57, with 26 by Iker Lecuona, the last one also in the Valencia FP3, 12 for Miguel Oliveira, 10 for Danilo Petrucci and nine for Brad Binder.

In the history of the last seven years, only two riders have suffered more crashes than Marc and Pol this year, it was in 2016 when Cal Crutchlow had 26 crashes and Jack Miller 25, then both were racing, precisely, with a Honda.

 

Following Pol’s mishap, Sunday marked the first time since Assen 1992 that the Honda works team did not field either of its two riders in a top-flight race. On that occasion the winner was Alex Crivillé on a satellite bike from the Campsa Honda Team, precisely the first for Nen de Seva in 500cc.

(Click on this link to see the photos of the main crashes of 2021 in MotoGP)

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