Marc Marquez has admitted he was lucky to escape his Assen highside unscathed, but has criticized Honda for their lack of traction control, leading to massive accidents.

This is not the first time Marquez has suffered a huge crash since his return to MotoGP competition. Indeed, twice in Jerez, he had big accidents which ended in him being in the air fence. Marquez has said he was lucky on Friday, but the crashes have to stop, and he’s tasked Honda with making the bike less likely to jump on throttle.

“Of course I can feel I had a big crash. I have some pain in my knee, some pain in the foot, some pain in the elbow. But everything is okay to continue in the same performance during the rest of the weekend,” Marquez said.

“But I am already pushing a lot to HRC. We cannot have these kinds of crashes. In those kinds of corners, we are against the electronics. The electronics are there to avoid this type of crash. The thing is, only Honda riders have these kinds of highsides. In Portimao Alex and Pol. Here me. It was a similar crash in 2020 in Jerez. We must understand.”

“We need to improve. To be safer. Not for the future, but for the next race,” Marquez continued. “If not, it’s impossible to take the confidence and be fast again. If we want to ride on the limit with the bike we can’t have these kinds of crashes.”

Marquez missed out on an automatic Q2 spot in FP3, but will hope to make it into the second session in qualifying this afternoon.

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