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Crashes 2007: the year in numbers

Crashes 2007: the year in numbers

When the world's best riders push each other to the limit on highly powerful prototype race machinery, as is the case at every Grand Prix of the MotoGP season, crashes are an unfortunate and spectacular consequence.

When the world's best riders push each other to the limit on highly powerful prototype race machinery, as is the case at every Grand Prix of the MotoGP season, crashes are an unfortunate and spectacular consequence.

The riders are fully aware of the danger every time they head out of their pit-boxes, but most are pretty tough characters and worry more about losing championship points than broken bones or bruises. Nonetheless, each year the data on crashes in the World Championship is closely scrutinised, with competitor safety in mind.

The statistics at the end of 2007 showed that it was another year of improved safety, with the modern trend for decreasing numbers of crashes per Grand Prix continuing.

Although the overall number of crashes in all categories increased from 647 in 2006 to 672 in 2007 the number of Grands Prix also increased from 17 to 18. Therefore, the number of accidents per GP has gone down from 40.3 per round the previous season, to 39.5 in 2007 - those calculations excluding Laguna Seca in each instance, where only the MotoGP riders compete.

In terms of crashes per category, of the 672 in 2007, there were 117 in MotoGP (36 in races, the rest in practice and qualifying sessions), 256 in 250cc (81 in races) and 299 in the 125cc class (91 in races).

At most circuits there were less crashes than on the previous year's visit - Donington Park, Motegi, Sachsenring and Phillip Island being the exceptions, with some adverse weather conditions in the UK and Japan certainly a contributing factor in those cases.

Randy de Puniet was the MotoGP rider who crashed on most occasions, having hit the deck 12 times this year – a slight improvement for the Frenchman after jointly suffering the most accidents in 2006 (14). Behind De Puniet in the 2007 crash chart were Shinya Nakano, with 10 accidents, and Carlos Checa, with nine.

In 250cc, another French rider, Jules Cluzel, and the Czech youngster Karel Abraham topped the list with 16 crashes each - while Alex De Angelis and Marco Simoncelli both suffered 15 and Spanish rookie Alvaro Bautista had 14.

Meanwhile, in the single cylinder class Lukas Pesek and debutant Pol Espargaro each had 15 accidents, two more than both Randy Krummenacher and Lorenzo Zanetti.

A further interesting statistic was that five-time premier class title winner Valentino Rossi and new World Champion Casey Stoner had the same number of crashes during the season – six each. For Stoner this was a significant improvement after his 14 crashes in 2006, while for Rossi the figure was an increase on the four accidents he had last year.

Like Stoner, the men who came out on top in the 250cc and 125cc classes, Jorge Lorenzo and Gabor Talmacsi, both also enjoyed relatively trouble-free campaigns - the Spaniard crashing five times and the Hungarian just twice.

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MotoGP, 2007

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