Jorge Lorenzo is not only edging ever closer to winning his first MotoGP title this season, but he's also getting closer to being Spain's most successful premier-class rider.

The Fiat Yamaha rider has now won 12 MotoGP races, which is just three less than Spain's most successful premier-class competitor Alex Criville.

With his victory last time out at Brno, Lorenzo has already beaten one Criville record - for race wins in a single season. Criville took six victories on his way to the 1999 500cc title and Lorenzo now has seven in 2010.

Lorenzo also has 33 grand prix victories across all three classes, which is the same number as his great rival Dani Pedrosa. Only two Spanish riders have won more grand prix races: Angel Nieto with 90 wins and Jorge Martinez with 37.

With eight races still to go in the 2010 season, Lorenzo has a shot at beating Valentino Rossi's best of 11 wins in a single year and even Mick Doohan's all-time record of 12 wins.