Marc Marquez intends to spend more time upright in 2018 as he bids for a fifth MotoGP world title after enduring a incredible 27 falls this season.

The Repsol Honda rider successfully defended the premier class crown after wrapping up the championship at Valencia in the deciding race on Sunday, narrowly avoiding a spill at Turn 1 as he defied the odds yet again by saving the bike on his knee and elbow.

Marquez said the new stiffer front Michelin tyre introduced at Mugello aided his cause a little, although he also experienced many tumbles after using a different specification chassis later in the season.

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“The new tyre was a little bit more helpful for safety for all riders because you see the first part of the season, first four or five races, when have many strange crashes. So this was a small help for everybody and it helped the level increase for everybody,” Marquez said.

“After Le Mans, we did the Montmelo test and we tried a different chassis – it was not a new chassis – it was another specification being used by Cal [Crutchlow] and the others. I felt a little bit better and step by step we tried a few different things and I get the feeling. When we are riding in the limit at that level, it’s so difficult one day to the other to try one thing and be half-a-second faster and be safe,” he added.

“I was faster but I was not safe 100 per-cent and for that reason, many crashes, but for next year I want to understand why and I want to understand during the pre-season how to get a better feeling with the front and understand better where is the limit.”

Marquez says he finds it hard to explain what he gains from crashing when he is pushing to find the limit in practice, except that he ‘understands many things’.

“During the practice I have many crashes but I learn something and they are safe crashes. I crash 27 times but I have been close to crashing maybe 50 times,” he said.

“I don’t know how I can explain but that gives me some feeling on the bike and with 27 crashes, you can understand many things. Of course I want to improve for the future and try to be the same level, but safer.

“During the season, for some reason everybody have many ups and downs but when you start not so good, it is more difficult to get back again. Le Mans was difficult, Mugello was so difficult but then I say OK, change the approach and finish the race.”

Marquez highlighted the new big bang engine introduced by Honda this year as one reason why he struggled at the beginning of the season, but stressed the new motor did not contribute to the higher number of crashes he was involved in.

“This is one thing that is impressive: not many manufacturers can put one engine new without experience in the first season and win the championship. This is the power of Honda and they did an incredible job, but this was maybe the main reason why we start not so good the season,” he said.

“But this is normal and when we get the experience, we understand many things. The crashes are not related to the engine but of course always if you have more power, then you can be slower in the corners because the lap time comes easier. They are working hard on the engine and chassis side and trying to be faster and improve every year.”

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I love listening to Marc and Zarco reflect on racing and how they think it through! Professional but genius! Those two are unique.

Like scientist... Very genius... very smart... Freat guys... 

If he stays upright even more then no one has a chance.

doesnt look good for marcs opponents in 2018.

honda now doesnt have the disadvantage of a new engine. they have experience now and i guess they will be competetive in Losail. I just can hope Ducati make a big step, because even now having the better bike isnt enough to beat marc. they need 2 steps to be ahead and maybe even this wont be enough against marc. 

That's a great point.  And to expand on it, who puts a brand-new-to-their-program big bang V-4 out, re-win the championship as well as clentch the team and the manufacturers titles the same year?  Honda does.  I would own a Honda blender if they made one....

I watched the after race interview where he has showered and wearing a suit sitting in front of his bike. 'My family see me crash and they never say, take it easy or be carefull, they say; push push." I mean it's bred in him even by his own mother and father, no wonder he is on the limit when he gets on the bike.... just great to watch.

To see Marc in action is a revelation and I'm old enough to have seen the great Mike Hailwood in action.  However MM rides closer to the edge for longer than most if not all the other riders on the grid and he's got away with it so far but for his own sake he may need to maybe take one risk less as I for one would like to see him retire and still be able to enjoy his rewards.  27 crashes per season seems like he's been lucky to be able to walk away, I just hope that he continues to be lucky but like other fans of racing I've seen too many who haven't and I wouldn't want MM to be on that tragic list.  Good luck MM and I hope you can keep it rubber side down more often......