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431 crashes in World Championship so far this season

431 crashes in World Championship so far this season

A total of 431 crashes have taken place in the MotoGP World Championships three classes so far this season, with a number of riders somewhat ´persistent offenders when it comes to highsiding, lowsiding and run-offs.

A total of 431 crashes have taken place in the MotoGP World Championships three classes so far this season, with a number of riders somewhat ´persistent offenders when it comes to highsiding, lowsiding and run-offs.

At the end of last season there were 99 crashes in the premier class involving participants in this years championship, with the current total standing close to that figure with 85. A number of wet races have been a strong contributing factor to the large amount of falls in MotoGP, particularly the Grands Prix held at Le Mans and Donington Park.

Kawasakis Randy de Puniet is the rider with the most offs to his name in MotoGP, having crashed nine times in races and practices since the beginning of the season. The Frenchman was also at the top of the table in 2006, sent to the ground on 14 occasions.

Criticised last year for his tendency for crashing, current World Championship leader Casey Stoner has hit the deck just three times so far in 2007; a major improvement reflected in his results and current advantage in the standings.

The 250cc class has seen some spectacular falls over the last eleven rounds, and four riders have hit double figures. Marco Simoncelli, whose penultimate crash unintentionally led to the huge highside from Taro Sekiguchi in the Sunday warmup at Brno, leads the way with 12, ahead of the triumvirate of Karel Abraham, Jules Cluzel and Eugene Laverty. Simoncelli and Cluzel were also the most consistent crashers in 2006, with 17 and 20 respectively.

Although the younger participants in 125cc have the most crashes to their name with 176, only two riders have entered double figures. Curiously, both have hit the heights of the podium. KTMs Randy Krummenacher and Valsir Seedorf Derbis Lukas Pesek are the top pairing after the race in the Czech Republic, where both were involved in incidents during qualifying.

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MotoGP, 2007

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