Victory for Jorge Lorenzo in last Sunday's British Grand Prix means he is now on the verge of equalling the number of premier-class wins by fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Sete Gibernau.
Both Pedrosa and Gibernau are on nine victories, making them the joint second most successful Spanish riders after Alex Criville - Spain's only 500cc/MotoGP world champion, who won the crown in 1999 and claimed 15 premier-class wins.
Lorenzo's British Grand Prix win was also his 29th victory in all GP classes, the same number as Loris Capirossi.
There are now only two current GP riders with more victories than Lorenzo: Valentino Rossi with 104 and Pedrosa with 32.
In the 18 races Lorenzo has finished since the start of last season, he has been off the podium once - a fourth place at the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix when he started from the back of the grid after problems with his bike.
Lorenzo will get his first chance to match Gibernau and Pedrosa this Saturday at Assen.
Lorenzo has won three of the five races so far this season, with Pedrosa taking one 2010 win. Rossi, now absent with a broken leg, won the other.