Valentino Rossi closes in on Mick Doohan

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Valentino Rossi’s victory in Australia was his 53rd win in the premier-class and one more win will take him equal to the total achieved by Mick Doohan who won the 500cc title on five successive occasions during the 1990’s.

The only rider who has scored more victories is Giacomo Agostini, who won 68 Grand Prix races on his way to eight world titles in the premier-class.

Number of wins in MotoGP/500cc class (Number of Premier-class World Titles shown in brackets)

68 - Giacomo Agostini (8)

54 - Mick Doohan (5)

53 - Valentino Rossi (5)

37 - Mike Hailwood (4)

31 - Eddie Lawson (4)

25 - Kevin Schwantz (1)

24 - Wayne Rainey (3)

22 - Geoff Duke (4)

- Kenny Roberts (3)

- John Surtees (4).


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