The 2011 World Cup broke the record for falls
The 2011 World Cup broke the record for falls

Obviously, we are all aware that one of the risks inherent in the work of pilots is falls. That of trying to find the limit at all times means that, sooner or later, you end up hitting your bones on the asphalt, so it is still the day-to-day of the competition. And in this regard, this 2011 that has already ended has left us a record of those that we do not like, but a record at the end of the day, which is none other than the highest number of crashes in history in the Motorcycle World Championship, nothing less than 894 in total. Almost nothing!

It must be said that to obtain this number all training sessions and races of the three categories are taken into account. To give you an idea, the record has been taken from 2008, where 876 were produced, In other words, this year we have had 18 more falls. The fact that everyone who has participated in the championship has tried the asphalt on some occasion. I said, it is the day to day of his work. And now, let's dig a little deeper into this data.

If we divide them according to each category, the results are very conclusive. And is that in Moto2 there have been 421 crashes, for 157 MotoGP and 298 125cc. It is logical to think that this is due to the greater number of riders that make up the grid and the equality that exists in the aforementioned Moto2, and part of the fault is of course that, but still, the 47.09% of falls, It still seems like a surprising minimum number to me.

On the other hand, if we focus on the circuits in question, the palm goes to Assen, where up to 78 falls were counted, yes, closely followed by the circuit of Sherry and that of Sepang in Malaysia, where there were 71. Although it is convenient to clarify that in the first two cases the presence of rain had a lot to do with it. On the other side of the scale it is obviously Laguna Seca, although we are going to ignore it a little bit since there only runs the premier category. So we are left with Mugello in Italy, where only 25 crashes were seen all weekend, and none in MotoGP.

But you can still thread finer and point out the specific points where there were more problems. In Estoril turn one there were up to twenty-two falls, while there were also seventeen at one in Sepang and sixteen at turn five at Montmeló.

As you can see, many classifications can be made with this data, but they are still cold numbers as is. And it is that behind each one of those 894 falls there is a pilot who at least goes to the ground. Fortunately, In the vast majority of cases it did not go beyond the fright and one more set of training or race, but this year we have also seen many very ugly injuries and falls with more serious consequences. And I don't have to mention the one that comes to mind right now. Anyway, let's hope that for 2012 we will see all kinds of records, but that this one in particular remains unbeaten.

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