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MotoGP, Marc Marquez bids Honda farewell, setting his record of falls in 2023

The eight-time world champion ended his adventure on the RC213V with 29 accidents, tweaking his negative 2017 record

MotoGP: Marc Marquez bids Honda farewell, setting his record of falls in 2023

2023 was a year to forget for Honda and Marc Marquez, who filed away his last appearance with the Repsol team colors, setting his own record of falls in a single season. As reported by our colleagues at Marca, with the accident triggered by Jorge Martin in the last race in Valencia, the rider from Catalonia reached a total of 29 falls in one season, despite having missed three rounds due to his injury and having withdrawn on two other occasions. A number that beats his previous negative record, set at 27 falls in 2017, after he had already matched it last November in Malaysia.

Even if errors have always been part of the eight-time world champion’s approach to race weekends – since he was always used to pushing his bike to the limit – the 30-year-old rider reached new heights in the last championship, aided by several factors. Twice as many races on the calendar, with the introduction of the Sprint Race on Saturday, contributed to increasing risks for the riders. But what mostly affected Marc’s falls was the RC213V’s unpredictability, which sent three of the four Honda riders to the infirmary.

No one has fallen as much as the Repsol Honda team’s rider

Not surprisingly, it was Joan Mir who placed behind his teammate on the list of riders with the greatest number of falls in 2023, taking second place with 24, despite the fact that he hadn’t raced in four rounds due to injury. That’s a total of 53 falls for the two official riders of the Tokyo constructor.

Both Joan and I fell more than usual, especially when we tried to push. If you don’t push, everything is fine, but I think Joan has my same mentality. He’s a world champion and always gives one hundred percent,” the 30-year-old from Cervera said. Marc actually decided to take a more conservative approach starting from Silverstone, in order to try to reduce risks.

In the past, I was able to avoid falls. I did it last year too. But, this year, I can’t stop them, especially since we implemented the new aerodynamics,” Marc added, trying to explain the reasons for his record. “The bike’s performance improved some. It seemed like we were faster, but it became more difficult to predict a fall.”

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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