MotoGP, motorcyclists: those fearless rubber men, 494 falls in 9 Grands Prix!

Every motorcyclist knows that a crash is always a bad experience, even when everything is okay and we get away with some damage to the bike and a few abrasions here and there. However, when we look at a day of practice in the World Cup, it seems that falls are part of the game. It’s basically a bit like the pole vault … but without a soft mattress waiting for us.

The MotoGP riders, but also the Moto2 and Moto3 riders, make mistakes, roll, fall, slide and in almost all cases get up to quickly run to the pits and hold laps. Not even time to think about what happened … and maybe this is their forte.

But how did this first part of the season go from the point of view of the crashes?

At the top of the overall standings is Pol Espargarò, who has accumulated 13 points since moving from KTM to Honda. And to confirm how difficult it is to make friends with the RC213-V, which brought Jorge Lorenzo out of the TOP FIVE of stunt drivers, behind Aleix Espargaro and Iker Leucona with 10, Alex Marquez is immediately back with 10 and his brother, the eight-time world champion Marc with 9 falls. Some of them were actually pretty awesome …

This means that Honda leads the ranking with 39 different types of crashes, ahead of Ducati, which, however, has two other riders with 34.

Good in the ranking (so to speak …) are also the KTM riders with 22 falls. But let’s keep talking about the drivers. You don’t need special attention to see this Alex Rins is sixth among the stunt drivers with 8, unfortunately many in the race and Jack Miller just less and like him another Ducati rider, Johann Zarco.

But why do they all crash like this?

According to Pol Espargarò It’s a mere formality: “I fell, roll and get up. As long as I don’t do anything, everything is fine. The problem is the falls in the race ”.

True. But every crash takes a bit of confidence, especially when triggered by a highside.

“This type of accident takes a lot of self-confidence – realizes Marc Marquez – because if you slip because you leaned too hard or braked too late, that’s okay, but if the electronics give you away, that’s a different matter. “

Fortunately, there are times like this, the summer breaks, which are designed to recharge the batteries and heal the wounds. In less than a month we’ll see them all back in the saddle: those fearless rubber men.