Porto rough ride at Spanish GP

The 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed it third round of the season at the circuit of Jerez de la Frontera with the presence of the Argentinian ryder Sebastián Porto driving a Honda of the Telefonica Movistar Junior...

The 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed it third round of the season at the circuit of Jerez de la Frontera with the presence of the Argentinian ryder Sebastián Porto driving a Honda of the Telefonica Movistar Junior Team.

This weekend was very difficult for the Argentinian who had an accident on Friday that complicated his performance during the rest of the activity.

Porto arrived sixth after a very hard competition where his Honda wan`t at the level he want.

¨I only passed to drivers because Franco Battaini had mechanics problems and because Fonsi Nieto lost performance in his Aprilia and in lap 12 I passed him with Toni (Elías). We advanced, but we did`t had a good bike. We will analyse with the team what happened with weekend¨ said Porto.

The race had lots of leaders. Battaini, Fonsi Nieto, Manuel Pogiali and Randy de Puniet, but none of them could win because in the lasts two laps appeared Elías and he took his first victory of the season. No doubt that all the Spanish left very happy with the result of their driver. ¨I said it since last year, Toni is the hardest rival. He won the dispute between the Aprilia drivers in spite of the problems in his left hand¨ analyzed Sebastián.

It wasn`t easy the race for the 20 years driver whose only victory in the 250cc. was at Motegi on 2002 when he passed Melandri in the last lap. In Jerez the lasts two laps were a competition apart. Elías passed from the fourth place to the leadership in lap 25. While the poleman Randy de Puniet open to much in a curve and Poggiali and Rolfo passed him. Rolfo, with the other factory Honda, passed Poggiali and then he took the first place away from Elías, but only for a moment because Elías took again the leadership in the last curve and take with this the victory. The podium was completed by Rolfo and Randy de Puniet. Two Aprilia and one Honda.

¨Arrived sixth withy a bike that wasn`t good with chassis and engine and with pain in my neck after the accident of Friday, is a good result. The best is that the Honda of Rolfo seems to have some new elements, he was fourth during almost all the race and he surprised in the last lap to finished second. I good like to have those new elements from HRC (Honda Racing Competition)¨ completed the Argentinian after the race.

The championship was Poggiali with 63 points as leader followed by Rolfo with 40 and Randy de Puniet and Porto with 36.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Randy de Puniet , Fonsi Nieto , Franco Battaini , Sebastian Porto