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Sebastian Porto reaches slowly the front pack

Sebastian Porto reaches slowly the front pack

Sebastian Porto reaches slowly the front pack

The Argentinean rider Sebastian Porto was eager to shine on his 100th GP appearance - included a single 125 race, and gave it all to finish in the top 3 last week in Donington Park. However, things didn´t turn out as he wished on the Derbyshire circuit : after a blazing start and leading in the early stages of the race, a mechanical failure put an end to his dream of a top 3 finish.

Anyway, he had a new opportunity on Sunday, at the Sachsenring ; the German round marked another centenary for the Argentinean : his 100th 250cc appearance... and this time, neither bad luck nor technical glitches hampered his race. He finished third to step for the first time on the podium.

The road to the rostrum has been very long for the only South American rider of the 250 scene. He made his debuts in 1994, barely age 16, as he compete in his home GP as a wildcard. Then he had to wait two years before racing his first full season. He had been given the opportunity by the modest PR2 team, ran by veteran Jordi Perez. He served his apprenticeship aboard a kitted Aprilia and even if the conditions weren´t perfect, he acquired a praiseworthy quality : patience... a quality that proved to be useful as he spent most of his career in ´underdog´ teams. Since 1999, he has been riding a Yamaha, for various outfits : Semprucci, Edo Racing in 2000 and Yamaha Kurz last year.

This year, he has joined the Petronas Sprinta Yamaha TVK team. The 23 years old never seemed so close to the front runners. He may not have the best machinery, but he can rely on his aspiration to succeed and his solid experience.

250cc, 2002

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