Despite a non-score at Jerez, Casey Stoner has made a better start to the MotoGP season than during his title-winning 2007 campaign.
Stoner, then in his first year at Ducati, scored 115 points during the first six races of 2007 - three of which he won and all of which he finished.
Fast forward to 2011 and the Australian, now in his first year at Repsol Honda, has scored 116 points after six rounds - including four wins.
Stoner sacrificed a potential 25 points when he was caught up in Valentino Rossi's accident at Jerez.
Rossi had been just nine points behind Stoner after six rounds of 2007, an advantage Stoner has doubled over another Yamaha rider - Jorge Lorenzo - heading into round seven of 2011.
Stoner went on to win the 2007 title, his and Ducati's only world championship to date, by 125 points over Dani Pedrosa (Honda).
Stoner's four wins in 2011 already equals the most wins in a single season by a Honda rider in the 800cc era, achieved by Pedrosa last year.
Stoner, who races with the #27, took his 27th MotoGP victory last time out at Silverstone - his next pole will be his 27th in MotoGP.