Dani Pedrosa needs only a top eight finish at this weekend's Argentinean MotoGP to knock former South American grand prix hero Alex Barros out of third place on the all-time point scorers list for the 500cc/MotoGP class.

Pedrosa and Barros are joined by Loris Capirossi and Max Biaggi in claiming a place in the top ten despite being without a premier-class title, proving that championship success is not essential to a long and successful career.

As well as Pedrosa, points record holder Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden are all currently racing.

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Riders with most points scored in premier class:
1. Valentino Rossi: 3,884
2. Mick Doohan: 2,298
3. Alex Barros: 2,079
4. Dani Pedrosa: 2,072
5. Loris Capirossi: 1,840
6. Casey Stoner: 1,815
7. Jorge Lorenzo: 1,780
8. Nicky Hayden: 1,647
9. Max Biaggi: 1,624
10. Alex Criville: 1,610