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Morbidelli: Marquez has taught us "crashing is the way"

MotoGP rookie Franco Morbidelli says reigning champion Marc Marquez is teaching his fellow Honda riders that crashing is a necessity.

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Franco Morbidelli, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Franco Morbidelli, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS crash
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team crash
Franco Morbidelli, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Franco Morbidelli, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

The Honda MotoGP bike has garnered a reputation for being difficult to ride in recent years, as reigning Moto2 champion Morbidelli - who is stepping up to the premier class with Marc VDS - found out through a series of crashes during the Thailand test.

But the Italian believes that going over the limit is necessary in order to get the most out of the Honda - and reckons the series' dominant rider Marquez, who crashes frequently in testing, practice and qualifying sessions, is an example to follow.

“Usually I don’t like to crash, I wasn’t a crasher in Moto2, I had very few crashes," Morbidelli said after the final day of pre-season testing in Qatar.

"But I understood that with the bike, if you want to understand the limit, you have to crash.

“You have to push and try to reach the limit and it's really easy to crash when you’re trying to find the limit.

“But Marc is teaching us. He told us that crashing is the way. We don’t have to be too greedy on that way but if you want to learn quickly, you have to push a lot.

“We realised our bike is not so easy to approach, but we worked a lot to take it in a good way and to ride it properly and we went better and better and better.

“We arrive today improving a lot compared to our first day on the bike and this is the most important thing, we’re happy about that.”

The Italian has access to data from Marquez’s and Dani Pedrosa’s factory Honda bikes from 2017, which he says has been of huge benefit to him in preparations for his rookie MotoGP season.

“That data is a blessing for me,” he said, “Learning from those riders is like the reading the Bible, is like reading the Bible of motorcycles, so it’s a blessing for us.”

Morbidelli had a strong test in Qatar, finishing the final day with the 12th-fastest time, 1.1s off the pace-setting Yamaha of Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco.

Additional reporting by Oriol Puigdemont

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