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Pedrosa Nears Top 10 All-Time MotoGP Win List

MotoGP Race Win Stats

Dani Pedrosa has been a dominating force throughout 2012 MotoGP. The 26-year-old Spaniard placed his Repsol Honda RC213V on the podium at 11 of 12 rounds so far in 2012 MotoGP, which includes three wins.

And his latest victory, at the Czech Grand Prix two weeks ago, was the 41st of his GP career. This makes him 11th on the list of most GP wins. Pedrosa is only one win behind two riders who share the top 10 spot – Max Biaggi and Toni Mang.

With just two more wins, Pedrosa will tie with his fellow compatriot, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, who sits in ninth with 43 wins. Next up of current MotoGP riders is Pedrosa’s injured teammate, Casey Stoner. The Australian has amassed 44 wins, and sits in eighth place on the all-time Grand Prix winners list (the all-time winner is Giacomo Agostini with 122 wins, and Valentino Rossi is in second with 105).

Pedrosa took his first GP win while a sophomore competitor at the 2002 Dutch Grand Prix (former 125cc class). And all of his wins were on Honda machinery. For now, Pedrosa is tied in number of wins on Honda motorcycles with Mike Hailwood, who won five world titles riding for Honda in the 1960s (3 x 250cc + 2 x 350cc). The only two people with more wins on Hondas are Jim Redman (45) and Mick Doohan (54).

As Pedrosa chases his first-premier class title, he is only 13 points behind the leader, Jorge Lorenzo, after 12 of 18 rounds. If Pedrosa finishes second or better at the next round, he will exceed his previous highest point score in a single season, which was 249 in 2008. That year, Pedrosa finished third overall behind Stoner and title-winner Rossi.

The 2012 MotoGP Championship is by far Pedrosa strongest season so far, and if he remains uninjured, he just may stop Lorenzo from taking a second title. Next up for Pedrosa is Misano (Sept. 14-16), the San Marino track where Pedrosa took the win in 2010, and finished second last season.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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