Porto wins, but Pedrosa claims 250cc championship

Sebastián Porto did was he had to do by winning at Phillip Island, however his victory couldn`t stop the Spaniard rider Daniel Pedrosa, who with the fourth place achieved the World Championship in the 250 cc. Road Racing World Championship...

Sebastián Porto did was he had to do by winning at Phillip Island, however his victory couldn`t stop the Spaniard rider Daniel Pedrosa, who with the fourth place achieved the World Championship in the 250 cc. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP).

Porto knew before the competition that he needed a miracle to arrive at Valencia with chances for the championship. The Argentinian had the obligation to win, and so he did. With an overwhelming factory Aprilia, `Sebas` jumped to the leadership on lap two after a very disputed start with Pedrosa and Alex de Angelis.

From that point, Porto dominated the competition as he was unreachable for his rivals. "This was a really good weekend. I believe the best, because the bike answered very well since the first day. Yesterday we broke the record of the track, and today the bike allowed me to open a gap from the beginning", commented the Argentinian.

In the first part of the race, Porto set three records to leave behind De Angelis and Pedrosa in the argued for the head of the field.

Porto`s victory secured him the sub-championship in 250cc, an historical mark in his country. Never a rider from Argentina reached such result in the Continental Circus.

"I`m really happy for this fifth victory of the season, although in the inside, I would like to take the championship. However this was a great year in my first season with a factory Aprilia", said Porto, who waited and fight a lot (indicated his campaign in the World Championship in 1994) until he could count with a competitive bike.

Of course the main protagonist was Dani Pedrosa and his World Championship in 250cc. The Honda best men only needed to points before the race, and scored fourth place, which comfortably gave him the title.

Pedrosa raced thining in the championship and decided to take care his position during the 25 laps of competition. "I`m so happy for this result. It`s been a hard race, with the wind, it was a risk to fall. It was a complicated weekend, with technical problems, a fall yesterday, and the memory of last year accident", he said.

Dani, when was already 125cc. Champion, broke both ankles in Australia in 2003, which put him out for four months. "I want a thank to all the people that worked for this. To Movistar, to Honda, to my great mechanics, to Alberto (Puig, team manager), and to the people that worked with me during the long months of winter I spent to recover from the accident", mentioned Pedrosa.

When someone looks the statistics, this championship of Pedrosa becomes bigger. He is, with 19 years, the youngest 250cc champion (broke Marco Melandri`s mark in `02), and the youngest two-times world champion ever.

Yesterday, Dani ended with 15 years without a title for Spain in 250cc. Last was for Sito Pons in 1989, also with Honda, whose last title in the category was in 2001 with the remember Dairijo Kato. Besides, the last time that a rider won the 125cc and 250cc in consecutive years was Carlo Ubbiali, 44 years ago, back in 1960.

Puig, former rider and team manager of Pedrosa, commented: "This is a very special moment. Dani did a fantastic season, only comparable with a master. I`m so pride of him, only he knows how hard was to reach this".

The regularity seems to be the key (along with his weight, but that`s another issue) to Pedrosa`s championship: 12 podiums with 6 victories, 5 seconds and one third place. Also three poles position and seven times the fastest lap in race. In the other hand, the lack of regularity of Porto in the first part of the season cut the chances for the Argentinian.

The 250cc has a new and very young king. He has a name, Dani Pedrosa.

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