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Sebastian Porto comments on the GP in Catalunya while hoping for new material from Honda

Sebastian Porto comments on the GP in Catalunya while hoping for new material from Honda

Sebastian Porto comments on the GP in Catalunya while hoping for new material from Honda

`The Grand Prix in Catalunya wasn´t so bad but I´m not particularly happy because we spent the whole weekend trying stuff to be nearer the front. I gave all I had and so did the team. The only problem is that we do not have a competitive bike and this dictated the race. I can make a fast lap in qualifying but on Sunday the bike just seems to go backwards and everything becomes a lot more complicated only half way into the race distance. This was highlighted especially at a fast circuit like Catalunya, and on this occasion with the hot conditions.

We have a bike that is pretty complicated; this isn't really our problem, and all we can do is hope that Honda sympathises a little and sends us some more material. Rolfo is taking delivery of new stuff but at the moment I am still waiting. Obviously we have to have it pretty soon, in time for Assen or just afterwards, because at the moment we are just doing the best with what we have. We must keep working to make the chassis a bit better and I hope that Honda will help us fix the problem so we can use the full potential of the bike.

In the race I started well and even led on the opening lap, but the Aprilias were able to pass on the straight; all three of them, De Puniet, Poggiali and Nieto, just drifted by. I tried to stay with them as best I could but they were just too fast. We decided to go with a hard tyre but this did not help, and it wore out quite quickly. Towards the end I was fighting with Battaini, trying to take sixth position, but it was not possible and I had to settle for seventh. I was the first Honda rider over the line, in front of Rolfo - this is an important thing for me - but the conclusion is that more work has to be done if we want to be in contention. I deserve it, the team deserves it and more so Alberto (Puig) for the work we have done and I can only pray things will get better.´

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250cc, 2003

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