Valentino Rossi praised Marc Marquez for his ability to avoid crashes, something the Italian feels can no longer be down to pure luck.

The Yamaha rider reckons it is a combination of Marquez’s style and the Honda bike that helps him pull off such moves.

“It’s impressive what he’s doing also because he doesn’t crash so often anymore,” Rossi told Riders magazine. “He had so many saves last year that it can’t be a coincidence.

“For me, he worked to improve his technique, his style of riding helps him.

Rossi claims that with a bike other than the Honda, it wouldn’t be possible to avoid crashing.