Porto saves some points from Jerez

Sebastián Porto scored seventh place in the second round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed at Jerez de la Frontera raceway under a constant rain. The Italian ryder Roberto Rolfo won the competition followed...

Sebastián Porto scored seventh place in the second round of the 250cc Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MOTOGP) disputed at Jerez de la Frontera raceway under a constant rain. The Italian ryder Roberto Rolfo won the competition followed by two Aprilia boys, Randy de Puniet and Fonsi Nieto.

The main rival of Porto at Jerez de la Frontera wasn't any of the others ryders. It was the rain and nothing but the rain. This condition erased all the good perfonmance shown by the men of the Repsol Aspar Team during friday qualifying session that gave Porto his third pole position in the Continental Circus.

The rain appeared on saturday and continued in the race moment on sunday. Due to the low knowledge of the Aprilia in a rainy day, Porto changed his aim: now the priority was to add much points as possible.

¨It was a pity not be able of use all the potential of my engine, that during the qualify showed it was half second faster than De Puniet and a second above Rolfo¨, commented the Argentinian.

The leadership of the race was a monologue of Rolfo with the Honda, who jumped to first place in the start and never looked back, always followed by the French De Puniet, but with some seconds between both.

The difficult conditions of the track costed the weekend to some of the main ryders such as 2004 World Champion, Manuel Poggiali in the first lap, and Daniel Pedrosa, winner two weeks ago of the season opener round, among others. One thing was clear: there was a lot to loose with just one mistake at Jerez.

While Rolfo and De Puniet were confortably ahead, the dispute for the last step of the podium had many names. Franco Battaini, Sylvian Guintoli and Alex Debon tried to catch third place, but due to different situations couldn`t stay. So, from lap 12 to the end, the Spanish Nieto and Anthony West fought between them and with the constant rain. This argued saved the race of became to much bored.

Despite West showed again his condition of ¨wet driver¨, nothing could do with the talent of Nieto that seemes he only use it when he want to. In the last moments the Spanish, with the support of the fans, left behind the Australian, who took a fine result after start from 13th. in the grid.

Porto tried during the 26 laps of race to keep his Aprilia in the road, and the did it almost excellent. In lap 9 a mistake made the Argentinian loose until tenth place. ¨It was the same turn where Pedrosa had problems, I went straight to the gravel. It was a luckly moment, I could return to the track but I loose three places¨, said Sebas about the most hard moment of the race.

During the competition Porto recovered until seventh. Not a bad result that left, after all, happy the Repsol Aspar Team.

¨The points we get and the third place in the championship are a real reward. The sourprise I had when I cameback to pits¨. The Repsol YPF president, Alfonso Cortina, congratulated Porto for the job well done: ¨Sebas, I came to congratulate you and say that we are here supporting you¨, said Cortina, who was for the first time in a Continental Circus race. Sebas just commented: ¨It was an honour for me¨.

After two rounds the standings has De Puniet in the top (despite the didn`t get a victory yet this season) with 40 points followed by Rolfo with 32. Three names shares the third place: Porto, Pedrosa and Nieto, all of them with 25 points.

The World Championship will now move to Le Mans, France on May 16th. for the third round.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Randy de Puniet , Fonsi Nieto , Franco Battaini , Sebastian Porto , Anthony West , Alex Debon , Manuel Poggiali