2012 MotoGP Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo has taken just 73 premier-class starts to reach the milestone of 50 podiums, giving him a podium rate of 68.5%.

That places him fourth in the following list of riders with the best podium rate in the 'modern-era' of 500cc/MotoGP racing (from 1975).

Third in the list is Valentino Rossi, whose two podiums since joining Ducati at the start of 2011 means he has slipped back behind Mick Doohan on a list led by Wayne Rainey.

If Lorenzo finishes on the podium in Saturday's Dutch TT - and Rossi fails to score a top-three result - then Lorenzo will also move above Rossi in the list, with a podium rate of 68.9% to the Italian's 68.3%.

Lorenzo's record is even more impressive given that all of his premier-class career has been spent competing against Rossi, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa - who also appear in the top 10 list.

Premier-class podium rate (modern-era)

1. Wayne Rainey 83/64/77.1%
2. Mick Doohan 137/95/69.3%
3. Valentino Rossi 204/140/68.6%
4. Jorge Lorenzo 73/50/68.5%
5. Kenny Roberts (Snr) 58/39/67.2%
6. Eddie Lawson 127/78/61.4%
7. Casey Stoner 106/64/60.4%
8. Dani Pedrosa 104/61/58.6%
9. Wayne Gardner 102/52/51.0%
10. Freddie Spencer 62/31/50.0%
10. Pat Hennen 24/12/50.0%


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