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Porto still looking for season highlight going into last race

Porto still looking for season highlight going into last race

Porto still looking for season highlight going into last race

Seba Porto has not had a particularly memorable 250cc campaign. Since his troubles securing a ride and subsequently landing a Honda with Repsol backing going into 2003, the lack of pre-season preparation seemed to issue a foreboding warning to the South American.

A promising start in the first two races with a brace of fourth positions was then brought to an abrupt halt at round four in France when the unfortunate Argentine was punted out of the race by Manuel Poggiali.

He then took another four races to gain another top four finish before embarking on a miserable string of results in the latter part of the year including three DNFs and one 8th place in the last four GPs. At one time he was practically pleading for more support from Honda and highlighting the fact that his bike was vastly different from that of Roby Rolfos.

Last week at Phillip Island seemed to admirably sum-up the plight of Porto this season. After qualifying 2nd, he ran straight on at the high speed and very wet first corner directly onto the grass. It seemed only a matter of seconds before he would be face down in the mud but he successfully negotiated the slime and even a small jump across the vast run-off to rejoin the race several seconds off the back of the pack. A remarkable charge returning to 6th position was then ruined by a fall that resulted in a cold walk back to the pits.

Going into the last race of the year Porto is currently situated 8th in the standings 23 points away from Franco Battaini in seventh.After taking a win and four podiums in 2002 the 25 year old would have been hoping for more from 03 but still has one more chance to land a trophy at the final round of 16 at Valencia in eight days time.

Click on the link to see Portos remarkable escape at the start of the GP of Australia.

250cc, 2003

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