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Which rider crashed more than any other during 2019 MotoGP season?

The figures for which riders crashed most during the 2019 MotoGP season... some of the worst offenders won't surprise you... but some probably will!

Johann Zarco hasn’t strayed far from the headlines during the 2019 MotoGP World Championship courtesy of his various team shuffles, but this latest statistic is probably the most fitting on his rather disjointed season.

The Frenchman suffered more accidents than any other rider during course of the season with a total of 17 accidents on this year’s race weekends – a stat that is put in perspective when you consider he started only 16 of the 19 events.

Symptomatic of his troubles at KTM, where the Frenchman complained of a lack of front-end feeling on the KTM RC16, Zarco notched up three more accidents than any other rider in 2019 though this does include his trio of starts at LCR Honda, which included race day falls in Malaysia and – spectacularly – in Valencia.

Overall there were significantly fewer crashes across the board in the MotoGP class with 74 falls markedly down on previous years.

Pramac Ducati emerged top of the ranking for ‘team most likely to be repairing a bike between sessions’ with Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia suffering 15 and 14 tumbles respectively.

Interestingly, Marc Marquez had his fair share of accidents too with 14 over the course of the year – only one of which occurred on race day – though this was down on 27 in 2017 and 24 in 2018. After all, if you aren’t finding the limit, are you going as quick as you could be?

Steadiest on their bikes was Andrea Dovizioso with just four accidents all season – though this included Silverstone and Catalunya when he was wiped out by another rider – while rookie sensation Fabio Quartararo impressed with only five offs over the course of his debut year.

Zarco wasn’t the worst offender overall though. That inauspicious honour fell to British Moto3 rider Tom Booth-Amos, who found the asphalt on 22 occasions followed by Can Oncu and ‘top’ Moto2 rider Sam Lowes on 21 and 20 slap downs respectively.

2019 MotoGP Crash Rankings

  
Johann Zarco17
Jack Miller15
Francesco Bagnaia14
Marc Marquez14
Karel Abraham12
Cal Crutchlow12
Joan Mir12
Aleix Espargaro10
Andrea Iannone10
Miguel Oliveira9
Danilo Petrucci9
Pol Espargaro8
Franco Morbidelli8
Tito Rabat8
Alex Rins8
Valentino Rossi8
Jorge Lorenzo7
Takaaki Nakagami7
Hafizh Syahrin7
Fabio Quartararo6
Maverick Vinales6
Andrea Dovizioso4

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