Porto managed eighth at Italian GP

Another difficult weekend had Sebastián Porto at the fifth round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed at the Italian circuit of Mugello. The Honda driver arrived eighth to the chequered flag after a very hard...

Another difficult weekend had Sebastián Porto at the fifth round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed at the Italian circuit of Mugello. The Honda driver arrived eighth to the chequered flag after a very hard fight with his own bike in another competition dominated by the Aprilias. Manuel Poggiali took one more victory with the best bike. The Spanish driver Fonsi Nieto and the Italian Franco Battaini completed the podium.

During all the weekend Porto suffered with the lack of engine and the final speed, besides problems with the chassis and the tyres because of the hit lived in the track.

The Argentinian rider tried everything to put his (factory?) Honda in a good position. But it was just impossible. There were very clear the two seconds of gap between the winner Aprilia and his (factory?) Honda 250 RSW. This gap in a 20 laps competition put him at 44.905s. in the end. To much for a (factory?) Honda driver.

¨We knew before come to this Grand Prix that, alongside with the Catalunya race, they were may be more complicates for us with the characteristics of our bike. We are working very hard but we continue without the good engine we need for a circuit like Mugello¨, said Sebastián.

The lack of final speed was determinant for Porto, who with the (factory?) Honda 250 RSW marked 261,3 km/h far away of the 272,5 km/h of Poggiali.

¨During the race I suffered with the engine, the chassis, the tyres...too many things like to take a good result..I was alone, it was impossible to do nothing. We should kame an analysis of the situation to see what happen and try to be back in the front of the field¨concluded Porto who had the visit of the Argentnian football player Gabriel Batistuta at the pits of Mugello.

While the races continue Porto waits the new elements for his (factory?) Honda. There`s no much time.

After five rounds Poggiali leads the championship with 88 points followed by Roberto Rolfo (the other Honda factory driver) with 69 and Toni Elías 68. Porto is seventh with 44 points.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Fonsi Nieto , Franco Battaini , Sebastian Porto , Roberto Rolfo , Toni Elias , Manuel Poggiali