Sebastian Porto dominated yesterday with Aprilia the thirteenth round of the 250 cc. Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP) disputed at the new Losail International Racetrack of Qatar. Standings leader, Daniel Pedrosa, and his teammate in Honda, Hiroshi Aoyama, completed the podium.
It was all confidence Porto before the competition. And the reason was clear: the Argentinian put his bike in front since the beginning of the activity on thursday and no one could ever fight him.
The seventh pole position of the season was the best way of inciate an historical race for the World Champiohship.
The first lap was the only moment that the race had a another leader than Porto. It was Pedrosa who jumped from second place to first.
However, Pedrosa`s time in the leadership was short. "I could pass him in the main straight, that was the only good place to do it", explained Sebas.
From that moment, Porto took the leader position until the chequered flag. However, the Spaniard Pedrosa continued pushing always near the Argentinian.
The perfomance of Porto`s Aprilia at Qatar was a matter of happiness for him. "Aprilia brought some new elements developped to my bike. This victory confirms the support that I`m getting from the factory, that is with me in the last fight for the championship", commented Porto.
Porto, who received the visit of the Argentinian football player Gabriel Batistuta, showed again that when the bike is with him, he can drive in a fantastic level.
"Truly, this was one of the best Grand Prix for me. I`ve been ahead in all the practice sessions and today we could win the race, so this was a perfect weekend", mentionned Porto.
The hit was a matter of concern during the 20 laps around the circuit of 5080 metres. "It was very hard with the hit. The last laps were like an eternity, but my body is ok".
About the next races and the fight for the championship, Porto said: "Now we must enjoy this victory. The important is that we added good points again, which allows us to be second in the championship. I`m aware that the difference with Dani is big, but there`re many points in play and everything could happen", was the warning of the Argentinian.
His fourth victory of the year wasn`t the only good news for Porto at the Middle East. Before the competition, Sebas was confirmed as Aprilia factory driver for 2005. "I`m very grateful to everybody that made this possible before the season ends", he said.
Dani Pedrosa added another podium at Qatar and another important step in his aim of reach the 250cc. World Championship. The second place behind Porto seemed to be a good deal for the Spaniard of the Honda Telefonica Movistar Team.
"It`s been a hard race because of the hit. The tires suffered as much as me. The hit had also affected the perfomance of the engine, and that`s where Aprilia made a difference", mentionned Pedrosa, who celebrated his 19th. birthday before the race.
The Honda driver enjoyed the leadership just for one lap, and despite he could follow Porto`s level, it was impossible to get much closer the Argentinian.
"I`m happy with the result. Porto and I were very quick all the race, which I wasn`t excpect. I tried to catch him many times, but I rather prefered to stay cool and take second place, which is a great result", explained Pedrosa.
With Alex de Angelis retirement with mechanics problems in his factory Aprilia on lap 18, the fight for fourth place between Aoyama and Franco Battaini became in a dispute for the last spot of the podium.
The Japanesse and the Italian were the protagonists of the most interesting head to head of the race. Both drivers changed places many times in the main straight, but it was the young Aoyama who knocked the experienced Battaini in the end.
"This result has left behind my expectations before this race. I have some luck due to De Angelis's problem, but I fought until the end. I knew the hit would it be to much, but it was the same to everyone. The second podium of the season for me and I would love to continue in this line for the next races", commented Aoyama.
When it rest three races for the season close, Pedrosa leads the standings with 254, followed by new second, Porto, with 211 and Randy De Puniet, who retired after a fall, with 187. Toni Elias, Aoyama and De Angelis complete top six places.
Next week will continue the World Championship at Sepang Circuit with the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix on October 10th.