The Argentinian driver Sebastian Porto keep showing race by race he is a real fighter of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP). He never give up. Despite the potential of the Honda 250 RSW that continue under the level of...
The Argentinian driver Sebastian Porto keep showing race by race he is a real fighter of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP). He never give up. Despite the potential of the Honda 250 RSW that continue under the level of the Aprilia.
Porto took a very important result from this seventh round of the season disputed at the always difficult circuit of Assen. The fifth position with a machine that is far away of be the best of the field is a clear sample of the talent that Sebastian shows every competition of the World Championship.
During all the weekend the activity was with dry conditions. However on saturday the weather changed, as usual at Assen. ¨A race with rain or wet track is a lottery. You don`t know who can win. But it`s the same for everyone¨, Porto mentioned.
On friday Manuel Poggiali took the pole position while the Argentinian qualified fifth as the best Honda.
The race was declared wet and all the drivers changed tires before the green flag.
¨It wasn`t a good start for me. The engine did`t respond well. I lost until eight place¨, and he continue: ¨In the second lap I was seventh and then I passed Fonsi Nieto, and during the third lap we fought with Roberto Rolfo for the fifth position¨, Sebastian commented.
The Australian Anthony West started from the third row, ninth. However after only one lap he was already leading the field. Fantastic!
The first minutes of race were difficult for eveyone and Porto was no exception: ¨During the first laps of competition we had lot of tire wear. After some laps the track was dry and it was complicate to keep the level. However Poggiali (fourth) wasn`t to far, and Rolfo (sixth) was behind¨.
It doesn`t matter if is cloudy, sunny or snowing...there`s always an Aprilia to take the victory. The Italian bike dominated one more time the weekend of the 250cc. Championship.
Porto arrived at 26.617 seconds of the winner.
¨I`m o.k. because we are working 100%. We are on the limit of the engine. But we improve with the chassis set up¨. Despite Rolfo has the new elements from HRC (Honda Racing Competition) and Porto continue with the `old`, the Argentinian left behind the Italian showing that he is the number 1 of Honda. Porto is a fighter. He always was and will. All he needs is a bike that allow him to do what he knows: fight for podiums, pole positions, victories and of course a championship.
But this are bikes races and if you don`t have a good machine there`s no much to do. What do you think? As I said before Porto is a fighter and he`ll keep working alongside Alberto Puig team to get a competitive bike for the next couple of races. But Honda must do his part too.
¨I'm happy because in race I was the best Honda driver. Now we go to Donington, a circuit like Assen and where we may cut the gap with Aprtilia¨, said Sebastian.
West won after a time of 41`57.413. It was the first victory for him with 21 years and 54 races.
The Italian Franco Battaini was second in a very important result for the 30 years old driver. His teammate, the French Sylvain Guintoli, 21 years, visited the podium for the first time in 25 races. A great weekend for the Carlo Campetella team.
Poggilai leads the championship after the fourth place at Assen with 101 points. He is followed by Rolfo with 86. It was a horrible day for Toni Elias. He arrived thirteenth and henhas 83 points. While Randy de Puniet and Fonsi Nieto retired and they continue with 81. Porto is eighth with 64 points after seven races. We still have a lot of action for this season.
The next round will be on July 13th. at Donington.