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Porto close to career best at rainy Suzuka

Porto close to career best at rainy Suzuka

Porto close to career best at rainy Suzuka

Argentine rider, Sebastián Porto, gained the second best result of career in Suzuka in the opening round of the 250cc World Championship. Porto, who rides for the Petronas Sprint Yamaha team after his move from the Yamaha Kurz set-up, finished fifth on Sunday, behind wildcards Miyazaki and Sakai, and also Randy de Puniet and Emilio Alzamora.

Porto´s best result to date came in his home Grand Prix back in the 1999 season. At twenty-three years of age, the Argentine is the ´young veteran´ of the category having already competed in some 93 Grand Prix. His objective for this year is to finish as the top Yamaha rider in the quarter-litre field, and to try and overcome the legions of Aprilias and two official Honda bikes and fight for the podium spots.

Porto was delighted with his fifth place finish in the wet of Suzuka. ´Given the difficult conditions during the race, I´m very happy with my result in the first GP of the season. I didn´t want to take too many risks as it was the first time I ridden this bike in rainy conditions, and I think we came through well. What´s more I produced the third quickest lap of the race., so I couldn´t have asked for much more. For Yamaha and for my team, the result in Suzuka was like a podium´.

250cc, 2002

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