MotoGP » Lorenzo poised to equal Wayne Rainey

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Somebody just pointed out to me that you have to consider that Rainey's career was cut artificially short through no choice of his own. There is absolutely no doubt that he would have won more races, perhaps many more. So it can be said with some considerable justification that his number of wins does not truly reflect his standing among the grand prix greats. However it could also be said that his percentage win rate is artificially high. He never went through the twilight years that some racers go through, which would no doubt adversely affect anyone's win rate. Obviously the same things can be said of Doohan. Just another reason why simplistic statistics like don't give anything like the whole picture. They are often used selectively by the hard of thinking to justify an argument.

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