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Porto looks back on what might have been

Porto looks back on what might have been

Porto looks back on what might have been

Despite his satisfaction at making the podium at the 250cc Africa's Grand Prix last weekend, Sebastián Porto admits he can't help but look back and think of what might have been. The Argentinean led the contest in the early stages after making an electric start, only to drop all the way back to 22nd spot after an excursion onto the racing oval. However, a spectacular comeback set at race-winning pace allowed him to return to the podium positions, claiming third place and collecting sixteen valuable championship points.

"It was a tough race and we had tyre problems throughout – even during qualifying," commented Porto. "We knew that this track wouldn't favour us but I managed to put a good rhythm together despite the tyre problems during practice and decided to try and break free from the first lap.

"Unfortunately the front end of the bike lost grip and I had to run it off track, came back in last place and from then on it was a different race for me. I just did my best to recover as many positions as possible and see if I could get back towards the podium. I made up around ten seconds on the leaders which is a real shame because if I had stayed up there with them I would have had a serious chance of winning. Anyway, that is racing – the important thing is we have points on the board and there is a long way to go in the championship."

Looking ahead to the next round at Jerez, Porto added: "The Spanish rounds are really important for me because I've got Spanish sponsors. I'll go there with the same mentality of doing our job of getting the most out of the bike and picking up as many points as possible."

250cc, 2004

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