MotoGP » Lorenzo poised to equal Wayne Rainey

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I've never thought that number of wins was that much of an indicator of how great a rider is. Percentage of wins makes more sense, but even that isn't enough. How important is a second or third place when compared to a win? And then you're not taking into account the machinery. It's very complex and simply citing the number of wins doesn't even come close to telling you how good a racer was. The interesting thing when comparing Rainey and Lorenzo is that they have a similar number of wins from a similar number of starts in the premier class (so far). That makes it easier to compare without working out percentages. Rainey however has a significantly higher rate of podiums. If you include their figures for 250s things are more in favour of Jorge for wins, but very close when you include podium finishes. The thing is if you choose your statistics carefully you could make them give the answer you want.

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