Sebastian Porto came up today with his first season victory and the second in Circuit van Derthe at Assen, scenary of the 250cc. Dutch GP, where both Honda riders Daniel Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo filled the top three positions. It was a needed...
Sebastian Porto came up today with his first season victory and the second in Circuit van Derthe at Assen, scenary of the 250cc. Dutch GP, where both Honda riders Daniel Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo filled the top three positions.
It was a needed result for the Argentinean. Porto had until his arrival to the "Cathedral" of moto racing a poor season with only a second place in the opening round in Jerez as his best result. And Assen was the perfect way of catch again the good road. The Aprilia rider took the victory here in 2004 and had the placer to repeat in the 75th edition of the competition. "I`m very happy because in the last races we didn`t have luck. We are finally in the top again. This weekend the bike has been really competitive", were the first comments of Porto.
Last year sub-champion had a intense fight with pole-sitter Lorenzo since the green lights shown-up. "It`s been a hard race, most of it in the first part because the Hondas were good. I studied all the race a place to pass Lorenzo", Port said.
About the move on lap 17th that gave the Argentinean his seventh career victory, Porto explained: "I knew that on T3 abd T4 I was faster than them and when Dani passed me, I tried to get it back quickly. Pedrosa goes always in the top in the last lap and if I didn`t made it in that moment, Iwould lost the chance. It came up ok and I passed them both in the chicane. I want a thank to Repsol, Aprilia and all the Aspar team".
Repeat a victory in Assen is not for everyone and now Porto knows the feeling.
Current champion Pedrosa had another good weekend. The Spaniard arrived to Assen after three consecutive victories. From his third spot in the grid, Pedrosa had it difficult in the first half of the competition until he could finally leave Casey Stoner behind and go to fight the lead. "I had a bad start. I lost some palces while Lorenzo and Porto were toghether in the front. I could recover the distance but I was complicated with a problem in the front tire", mentioned the Telefonica Movistar driver.
Pedrosa achieved his fifth season podium and the third in Assen, in which has a victory in 125cc and two times second in 250cc.
Lorenzo might have mixed feelings after this third place in the Dutch GP. The 18 years old driver raced with the pain of his collarbone injury that after the accident of Catalunya GP required surgery. However the Honda men managed to take the pole in Friday and led until the last lap in the mythical race of Assen. "You have to learn from lessons in life. Obviously I'm upset because I made a mistake on the last lap. I did not close the door on the chicane and Porto passed me when I was not expecting it", Lorenzo said.
The mistake he means was when on lap 17th Pedrosa and Porto passed him after he led from the green lights on. "But I am happy because I took pole, made a good start and led the race until the last lap. You always have to take the positives and even more so in this case because of the speed from which I have recovered from the collarbone injury."
The experience that Lorenzo will take from today`s race will help him on the future. The Spaniard add his second podium in 250cc and the 11th in his career.
Top ten places were completed by: Hiroshi Aoyama, Alex de Angelis, Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso, Randy de Puniet, Hector Barbera and Simoni Corsi.
Standings has Pedrosa as leader with 143 points followoed by Stoner, 106; Dovizioso, 102; Porto, 74; Aoyama, 71 and Lorenzo, 70.
While the Moto GP will have action on July 10th in Laguna Seca, USA, the 250cc Championship will continue on July 24th for the British Grand Prix in Donnington Park.