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The ever-fascinating MotoGP™ falls report for the 2021 season has been released, as we take a deeper look at some of the crash statistics from this season, including who crashed the most, what corners saw the most falls, the sessions that saw the most falls, falls per event by class, and the number of falls between 2010 and 2021.
The graph below shows which riders crashed the most during the 2021 campaign in the MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes. Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) topped the table with 26 crashes, with eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) second on 22 despite missing four races. Aron Canet (Aspar Team Moto2) and Kaito Toba (CIP Green Power) were the top crashers in the Moto2™ and Moto3™ classes.
When comparing to seasons that had at least 18 Rounds from 2014, 2021 actually saw the least amount of crashes across all classes – 950. However, that’s still 125 more than the lowest number we’ve seen between 2010-2011. In 2010, 825 crashes occurred across MotoGP™, Moto2™ and 125cc.
An easier comparison graph of the total number of crashes from 2010 to 2021 can be seen in the graph below.
And then, below, the graphs have been separated between MotoGP™, Moto2™ and Moto3™/125cc.
Unsurprisingly, across all three classes, the session we witnessed the most crashes in are the races (297). Interestingly, FP3 – between the trio of classes – then has the second most crashes with 157. The cooler morning temperatures and riders pushing as hard as they do in qualifying to try and get into Q2 are probably leading factors in why this number is higher than the other sessions.
Below you can see the top three hotspots for crashes were in 2021. There’s no prizes for guessing what came top, but maybe the corner with the second most might surprise some.
1. Turn 3, Le Mans – 37 falls
2. Turn 1, Sachsenring – 22 falls
3. Turn 16, Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli (Emilia-Romagna GP) – 20 falls
To finish off, we’d like to say thank you to every Track Marshal whose invaluable help keeps our races and riders as safe as possible. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the sport we all love every year.