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Smith tops 2014 MotoGP falls list

Bradley Smith falls most in MotoGP 2014, Jorge Lorenzo the least.
Bradley Smith topped the list of 2014 fallers in the MotoGP class, with 16 spills on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 over the 18 rounds.

Smith's falls included this huge highside (pictured) in round one at Qatar. The Englishman later suffered five falls in a single weekend at the Sachsenring, where Smith later admitted he had been pushing too hard.

"I had a few grands prix where I made bad decisions. Where I just started to ignore warning signs and feedback. But sometimes you have to be in that desperate place," he said. "I was trying to secure my ride. I knew that I could and I believed that riding through dangerous situations is the way to do it. It wasn't and it's not a smart move! It creates more problems than it's worth. But it's a tough one to find the balance sometimes."

Smith's season tally was two more than team-mate Pol Espargaro, Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista and Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone, who all tumbled 14 times.

Meanwhile it was Smith's countryman Sam Lowes who crashed most when comparing all three grand prix classes, the Moto2 rookie hitting the deck no less than 25 times. Moto3 newcomer Karel Hanika topped the 250cc fallers list with 24 accidents, with Axel Pons and Niccolo Antonelli joint third.

The most falls per event in all classes took place at Misano (109), mainly due to the wet Friday, with Motegi and Phillip Island joint second on 71.

At the other end of the rider list, Jorge Lorenzo fell the least of any full time MotoGP competitor, with just two accidents over the season. Danilo Petrucci and Nicky Hayden were next best on four apiece, but did not start every round due to injuries, meaning Andrea Dovizioso (4) and Valentino Rossi (5) arguably complete the 'podium' for least mistakes.

However newly crowned double champion and record 13-time 2014 race winner Marc Marquez fell eleven times this year. That placed the Repsol Honda rider joint seventh on the MotoGP fallers list and is likely to prompt the phrase 'if you don't crash, you're not going fast enough'... at least in practice anyway.

Marquez fell 15 times in his rookie 2013 season.

MotoGP falls: 2014 season
1. Bradley Smith = 16 falls
2. Alvaro Bautista = 14
2. Pol Espargaro = 14
2. Andrea Iannone* = 14
5. Karel Abraham = 13
5. Stefan Bradl = 13
7. Yonny Hernandez = 11
7. Marc Marquez = 11
9. Cal Crutchlow* = 10
9. Aleix Espargaro = 10
11. Mike Di Meglio = 9
11. Scott Redding = 9
13. Hector Barbera = 8
14. Hiroshi Aoyama = 7
15. Alex De Angelis* = 6
15. Michael Laverty = 6
15. Dani Pedrosa = 6
18. Broc Parkes = 5
18. Valentino Rossi = 5
20. Andrea Dovizioso = 4
20. Nicky Hayden* = 4
20. Danilo Petrucci* = 4
23. Leon Camier* = 2
23. Jorge Lorenzo = 2
23. Michele Pirro* = 2
26. Katsuyuki Nakasuga* = 1
* Did not compete in all 18 events.

Most frequent fallers: 2014 season (all classes)
1. Sam Lowes (Moto2) = 25 falls
2. Karel Hanika (Moto3) = 24
3. Axel Pons (Moto2) = 22
3. Niccolò Antonelli (Moto3) = 22
5. Sandro Cortese (Moto2) = 20
6. Ricard Cardus (Moto2) = 19
7. Mattia Pasini (Moto2) = 18
8. Bradley Smith (MotoGP) =16
9. Azlan Shah (Moto2) = 15
9. Thitipong Warokorn (Moto2) = 15
9. Scott Deroue (Moto3) = 15
9. John McPhee (Moto3) = 15

Total MotoGP falls during 2014 = 206
Total Moto2 falls during 2014 = 408
Total Moto3 falls during 2014 = 367

Tagged as: Yamaha , Bradley Smith

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