MotoGP star Dani Pedrosa has now scored 3192 points during his grand prix career. Only two riders have accumulated more; Valentino Rossi (4775 points) and Loris Capirossi (3215), who retired at the end of 2011.

A victory for Pedrosa in Japan this weekend would make him the second-highest scorer of all-time. And if not at Motegi, then the 28-year-old Repsol Honda rider should surpass Capirossi at the following Valencia finale.

Pedrosa made his grand prix debut in 2001 and joined the MotoGP class in 2006. Three times a champion in the lower categories, Pedrosa is yet to claim a premier-class title and is presently third in the standings with just two rounds remaining.

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The Spaniard is 34-points behind rookie team-mate Marc Marquez with just 50 points remaining.

However the unlucky Pedrosa potentially lost 30 points relative to Marquez at Aragon - 25 had he won, plus a further 5 for demoting Marquez from first to second - after contact from Marquez disabled Pedrosa's traction control and caused a fall.