On average, a Honda rider was almost twice as likely to fall compared with a Yamaha rider during the 2017 MotoGP season.

But Aprilia riders suffered almost three times the accident average of those at Yamaha.

Dorna records each accident during a grand prix weekend, but because the number of full-time riders at each manufacturer varies from two to eight, an average is needed:

Aprilia: 50 falls during the season / 2 full-time bikes = 25.0 (falls per bike average)

Honda: 84 falls / 5 bikes = 16.8

Suzuki: 25 falls / 2 bikes = 12.5

Ducati: 97 falls / 8 bikes = 12.1

KTM: 18 falls / 2 bikes = 9.0

Yamaha: 35 falls / 4 bikes = 8.8

Falls by wild-card riders were not included, since they were on machines that did not do the full season.

Accidents by replacement riders were included above. For example, falls for Jonas Folger and his replacements Kohta Nozane, Broc Parkes and Michael van der Mark were all totalled together as one full-time bike.

However, the list does not take into account cases where a rider missed an event due to injury and was not replaced; Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) at Misano and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) at Sepang.

The figures suggest Aprilia riders Aleix Espargaro (19) and rookie Sam Lowes (31) pushed the limit most this season - or had the least feel for the limit from their bikes.

Honda was next up, with 51 of their 84 falls being accounted for by world champion Marc Marquez (27) and Cal Crutchlow (24).

"Historically, we [Honda riders] are crashing more than the other manufacturers," said Crutchlow.

"I don't think it's down to the riders necessarily, because three years ago Dani crashed [three times] all year and now he's crashed a lot more [nine times].

"It's because we are pushing so hard, but Marc won the title so you can't complain too much."

Suzuki and Ducati came out evenly matched with a 12 falls-per-rider average, with KTM (9.0) and Yamaha (8.8) the lowest.

Yamaha's average is all the more impressive given there were two rookies at the Tech 3 team, plus three last-minute replacements for Folger.

'Xaus used a trampoline'

Returning to the subject of Marquez's 27 falls - ten higher than the Spaniard had suffered in any previous MotoGP season - Crutchlow was asked if any kind of preparation can be done to limit injuries, given how the Spaniard walked away from his spills:

"No, I don’t think so. But Ruben Xaus used to crash a lot and I know he used to put his leathers, helmet and boots on and have a trampoline built into the floor, at floor level, in his house. He used to jump off it and then roll into different scenarios.

"I have to say, in his whole career, I think the only time I saw him get injured was when he broke his leg on the BMW at Brno.

"Marc, as we know, doesn’t get injured that much. And all he does all day is stretch. I've crashed probably the same amount as Marc and I've never stretched for a second of my life!

"So I don't know. But I'm scared to do it, because - touch wood - I've not been too bad injury-wise in terms of ligaments. Bones are different, because if you hit a bone there's not much you can do.

"I'm not going to start suddenly wrapping my legs around my head like he does, trying to do stuff that should be on an internet channel! But it could work."


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No mention of tyres playing a part ??

It's a control tyre but tailored to different tracks, bound to change which brand they suit best. Do think Marc's limit finding method a bit extreme though.

Why should there be any?

It is a control tyre series and all teams and riders have the same choice of tyre options. The tyres do not make a motorcycle crash, the rider in (or out of) control can, and does so.

The amount of falls significantly rises after 2015. Bikes and riders adapting to new tyre supplier looks like a big factor.

This article is a great indicator in that a rider's salary is perhaps not the main concern in how expensive they are on a per season basis. But anyway, if you have obsolete parts, they sort of are "free" to crash, ask Romano from Aprilia about Lowes? ;)

Fascinated to learn about Xaus and his trampoline, often wondered how come he bounced so well!

Be interested to know what the stats would look like for Honda if you took Marc out of the equation, purely as a curiousity, given his penchant for exploring the limits during practice rather than the actual difficulty of riding the Honda...

They've published the numbers so you can see what the other Honda riders did?

I was meaning as a summary that was legible to old people with bad eyes, can hardly read that