Casey Stoner has eleven races remaining in which to claim the victory he needs to tie motorcycle legend Mike Hailwood's record of 37 premier-class wins.
Reigning champion Stoner, who will at retire at the age of just 27 following November's Valencia finale, has never been too concerned with records - but admitted it would be a privilege to equal Hailwood.
“I'm not out there to get up in the history books. If I was then I'd be staying round a little longer to try and get myself further up,” said the Australian, who made his MotoGP debut in 2006.
“Of course it's a privilege to be up among names like that, especially during what I feel is quite a short career in the premier-class.
“But we still have to get there and it's been a tough season so far. We'll keep trying and to match a great name like that would be a great privilege.”
If Stoner, currently tied for the 2012 MotoGP title lead with Jorge Lorenzo, has won three of the seven rounds so far this year.
Fourth time 500cc champion Hailwood is fourth on the all-time premier-class win list.
Valentino Rossi leads the way with 79 wins, with Giacomo Agostini on 68 and Stoner's compatriot Mick Doohan third with 54 victories.