Everyone knows that Marc Marquez has always been a rider who pushes himself to the limit, to the extent that he’s fallen over 100 times in his career, without serious injuries, except for his unfortunate accident in Jerez in 2020. This began his and Honda’s ordeal, which culminated in the decision that will have them going their own separate ways after the season finale in Valencia.
Although falls have always been a constant in Marquez’s career, they’ve become a habit in the Repsol Honda garage this year. They’ve happened so often that the eight-time world champion has adopted a more conservative approach at the end of the race week, starting from Silverstone, in order to prevent putting his safety at risk.
But Marc’s good intentions didn’t stop him from matching his record of falls in one single season, during the last round in Sepang. With his fall during the Q1, and then again in the Spint Race in Malaysia, he’s reached a total of 27 falls in 2023, to which are added the 23 accumulated by his teammate Joan Mir, for a total of 50 falls for the official riders of the HRC team.
This is a rather alarming situation, but one that the eldest of the Marquez brothers took philosophically, as the Spanish newspaoer AS reported: “I had to break some kind of record this year, even if it’s one regarding falls,” Marc said ironically, after having equaled his record. With two events still on the calendar, Marc is heading towards a new negative record but, in Sepang, he preferred to look at the situation from another point of view, stressing that the falls “mean we're trying”.
Despite their impending separation, the champion from Cervera wants to keep his commitment with Honda: “I’ll continue to do my job, which is to collect data,” the 30-year-old rider stated, Next season, he’ll be dedicating himself to his new chapter, namely, riding the Gresini team’s Desmosedici GP.