The risk is there, however, and when Crash.net
spoke to Franco Uncini, the MotoGP Riders' Safety Representative, about concerns over the potentially large speed differentials in MotoGP next year, he was well aware of the potential for problems.
“We will have big differences between the CRT and the prototypes on MotoGP, but we will monitor it. We expect a much better situation at the middle of the season,” he said.
Falls per Session (all classes):
Unsurprisingly, most falls happened during a race, and the least during warm-up (it being the shortest session will have a bearing on this), the same in each class. But while qualifying has the second highest crash rate, on average, for both Moto2 and MotoGP it was FP2 that saw the second-most falls in 125cc.
Falls per Circuit (all classes):
It's no surprise numbers were high at Assen, Jerez, Valencia and Estoril, as all four rounds suffered inclement weather at one point or another – although Silverstone was also a wet weekend, yet features only mid-table.
With only the MotoGP bikes visiting Laguna Seca, that circuit's low figure is easily explained. Excluding Laguna, the average per meeting was 52.
MotoGP - Falls per Rider
Moto2 - Falls per Rider
Axel Pons (20), Ricard Cardus (19), Kenny Noyes (18)
Claudio Corti (1)
125cc - Falls per Rider
Niklas Ajo (16), Adrian Martin (15), Luis Salom, Harry Stafford, Danny Webb (13)
Nicolas Terol (2)
Only full time, contracted, riders who competed the majority of the season included
MotoGP - Falls per Manufacturer
60 (average per bike = 10)
48 (average per bike = 8)
34 (average per bike = 8.5)
Again, no surprises here: Ducatis suffered the highest number of falls during the season, both overall and per bike. Although 48 of the 60 falls were accumulated by Abraham, De Puniet and Rossi alone, which shows Capirossi, Barbera and Hayden (the only one of the three to campaign every round) in a particularly good light.