Having become only the second rider in history to break the 100 grand prix wins barrier last time out in Assen, Valentino Rossi has a simpler task ahead of him to claim another record in this weekend's US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.
Rossi has never missed a race since making his grand prix debut in the 125cc class, at the start of the 1996 season, and Sunday's US GP should see Rossi make his 158 successive start in the premier-class.
That equals the all-time record for most successive starts in the premier-class currently held by Alex Barros, as shown in the following list:
1. Alex Barros 158 GP starts
Brazil/1992/Rio - Dutch TT/2003/Assen
2. Valentino Rossi 157 GP starts
South Africa/2000/Welkom - Dutch TT/2009/Assen
3. Max Biaggi 127 GP starts
Japan/1998/Suzuka - Valencia/2005/Ricardo Tormo
4. Shinya Nakano 125 GP starts
Portugal/2001/Estoril - Valencia/2008/Ricardo Tormo
5. Norick Abe 119 GP starts
Australia/1995/Eastern Creek - Malaysia/2002/Sepang