Couldn`t complete a good result Sebstián Porto at the third round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed at Le Mans, France. The Repsol Aspar Team driver retired when was reaching the podium. The Spanish Daniel Pedrosa won the race with a Honda.
Porto started the competition from third place as one of the main candidates to take the victory. The Argentinian saved a difficult situation on lap two when current champion, Manuel Poggiali, fell in front him with the Aprilia out of control in the same turn Roberto Rolfo, winner at Jerez, did in the opening lap.
Porto continued with a steady rhythm behind Pedrosa and Randy de Puniet setting the fastest lap on 4th., which made believed the Argentinian still had something to fight about.
However Sebastián didn`t attack De Puniet`s position until half race completed. With a constant fail in the Aprilia`s engine, Porto fell on lap 17 when he was catching the French, and couldn`t continue in the competition.
¨Today`s fall it`s been a pity. I was running third and cutting the gap with De Puniet, but well...races are like this and we can`t do nothing. We had some engine problems during all the weekend, the bike wasn`t the way I would like it¨, stated the one of the Aprilia factory drivers. ¨I`m not happy with the result, but I`m cool because the championship just started. Luck wasn`t on our side today and it was my turn again. We`ll continue working, and in fact, tomorrow we`ll stay here at Le Mans to test. Let`s see if at Mugello luck changes¨, finished a dissapointed Porto.
With Porto out, Toni Elías took third position near followed by Hiroshi Aoyama and Alex de Angelis, while in the leadership Pedrosa continued to the chequered flag to much confortable with a very convincing Honda of the Movistar team.
Pedrosa`s victory at Le Mans ment his second of the season. The 125cc. champion became in a real sourprise and in the main rival for the Aprilia drivers.
Interesting fact: after three rounds, three victories for Honda and non for Aprilia. Will Mugello, on June 6th., change the tendency in the 250cc. World Championship? Possible it is.
Despite De Puniet hasn`t win yet this year, three times second allows him to lead the standings with 60 points, followed by Pedrosa with 50. Fonsi Nieto is third with 34, while Porto lost until eighth place with 25 units.