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Sebastián Porto keeping busy in Argentina ahead of team announcement

Sebastián Porto keeping busy in Argentina ahead of team announcement

Sebastián Porto keeping busy in Argentina ahead of team announcement

Sebastián Porto is relaxing in his home town of Rafaela in Argentina as he awaits an official announcement over his future in the quarter-litre class. Porto, who has already been told that he will be riding an official 250cc Aprilia in 2004, is expected to sign for the factory squad run by Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar' and has hinted that he is set to become part of the Spaniard's close knit team.

"I have always liked to be part of a team where the mechanics are also responsible for what happens on the track," said the Argentinean. "I like to be able to explain how the bike is performing – in terms of engine, chassis and tyres – at each point of the circuit so that they can suggest the improvements. It is a group effort but riding the Aprilia, which has proven to be so competitive over the past two seasons, I am sure we will be fighting for the championship in 2004."

Porto has taken the opportunity during the winter break to feed his second passion visiting the Boca Juniors football team at the legendary ‘La Bombonera' stadium. "I have supported Boca Juniors my whole life, it is a family thing," he says. "I still have a small team cap which my Dad gave me when I was just one month old. Usually when I am back in Argentina I don't get chance to go to the games, but this time I have been able to and saw them win. I was on the terrace next to the main stand and the whole stadium shook when the fans greeted the players."

The Argentinean has also been spending time setting up a small museum in his own home, showcasing the memorabilia he has collected during his Grand Prix career so far. "I didn't want to wait until my retirement to tell people about my experiences in racing," explained Porto, who has opened up his mini-exhibition to the public. "This is a good way of paying people back for the support I get in Argentina. This way they can see the leathers, helmets and trophies up close. In Europe the people get to see a lot of races but here we haven't had a race for four years and we don't know when we will have another one."

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250cc, 2003

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