Marquez needs lower risk style in MotoGP or faces injury - Schwantz

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will need to adopt a lower risk riding style in future or could eventually suffer a bad injury, says grand prix motorcycling legend Kevin Schwantz

Marquez needs lower risk style in MotoGP or faces injury - Schwantz

Marquez suffered 27 crashes in 2017, more than any other rider in MotoGP except Aprilia rookie Sam Lowes.

The Honda rider came close to falling during the season finale in Valencia while fighting for the race win, despite only needing to finish 11th to secure the title.

Schwantz, the 500cc world champion in 1993, praised Marquez's abilities but warned the Spaniard could get seriously injured unless he moderates his approach.

"You have to find a way to ride hard and at the same time lower the risk, because one day you might hurt yourself," said Schwantz.

"Maybe you just break your collarbone or something simple, but that will slow you down.

"He's on the limit every lap. If you give your 100%, you make mistakes, but it's also the way to discover what the bike is capable of doing.

"You can't do that at 95 or 96%. He's been lucky because he suffered some major accidents this year without hurting himself.

"He's discovered how to get the most out of the Honda and has adapted his riding style to the bike. It's a pleasure to see him [ride] because he does incredible things every lap.

"I spoke with Livio Suppo [former Honda MotoGP boss] and he said 'it's hard to believe what he does'. Looking at him you immediately realise how incredible he is."

Marquez said one of his main aims for 2018 was to crash less after an incident-filled 2017 campaign.

"I am always self-critical and the goal with a view to next year is to maintain speed but with less falls," said Marquez, "and do not make the same mistakes in the races, like [crashes in] Argentina and Austin. I have to sit down this winter to think.

"I was pushing every practice, always all in from FP1. I was going out and was convinced that I was able to be fast.

"Of course it's something that we can change for the future and try to be realistic on the way."

shares
comments
Ducati MotoGP weaknesses hard to fix for 2018 - Andrea Dovizioso

Previous article

Ducati MotoGP weaknesses hard to fix for 2018 - Andrea Dovizioso

Next article

The MotoGP rule that could solve F1's engine crisis

The MotoGP rule that could solve F1's engine crisis
Load comments
How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Plus

How Ducati’s Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Plus

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Plus

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Plus

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the circuit's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How MotoGP's record smasher is facing his toughest challenge Plus

How MotoGP's record smasher is facing his toughest challenge

The 2020 MotoGP season was an utterly enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if thought it the world championship was a poorer place without its biggest star Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021
The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP Plus

The other Austria 'shock' with major repercussions in MotoGP

The headlines after MotoGP's Austrian GP were naturally dominated by Brad Binder's heroics on slicks in the rain. But although seventh was, on the face of it, a fairly average result in the context of his season, that Fabio Quartararo was in contention for victory before the rain at Yamaha's worst venue should sound alarm bells for his rivals

MotoGP
Aug 17, 2021
Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales in MotoGP - but won't fix his big problem Plus

Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales in MotoGP - but won't fix his big problem

The prelude to Maverick Vinales' move to Aprilia has been his tortured exit from Yamaha. But the Spanish rider must put allegations of sabotage, suspensions and unwanted personnel changes aside once he embarks upon his new journey, while Aprilia must find a way to get Vinales firing on all cylinders once again

MotoGP
Aug 16, 2021
The rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for MotoGP 2022 Plus

The rider dilemma facing Petronas SRT for MotoGP 2022

The final pieces of the 2022 rider market have yet to be finalised as Petronas SRT faces several obstacles in replacing the retiring Valentino Rossi and Yamaha factory-bound Franco Morbidelli. SRT’s preferred option has been locked into a KTM deal he doesn’t want, while it’s other target is managed by Rossi himself and wanted at his VR46 team

MotoGP
Aug 10, 2021