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Porto relaxing at home in Argentina

Porto relaxing at home in Argentina

Porto relaxing at home in Argentina

Sebastian Porto says he is enjoying the holiday period and making the most of a rare opportunity to spend time with his family in Argentina. The 250cc World Championship contender spends most of the season at his European base near Barcelona, but has made the most of the three-week break between the ninth and tenth rounds of the championship to take a well earned rest and reflect on a positive first half of the campaign.

"It's winter here but the idea is to get some rest and spend time with my family," says Porto. "I spend a lot of time away over the course of the year and I enjoy getting together with them. I'm not sure if I'll head somewhere else before I return to Europe, but for the moment I'm just enjoying being at home, getting some rest and doing some training.

"I have to work hard because I'm still suffering from an injury I picked up at Mugello, which I'm still not fully recovered from. The problem has meant that I've not been able to train hard lately and, although I'm not in bad shape, I'm still not quite 100%. That's why I need this rest now, to recharge my batteries.

"So far I think things are positive, although we'll have to wait until the end of the season to really say. It's been a good first half – I've won two races and set pole position five times out of nine. Perhaps the bike hasn't been as consistent as we would have liked, but these things happen. Now we have to concentrate on that over the second half of the season to make sure we are fighting for the championship until the last round.

"The best of the season so far was obviously the two wins – particularly the first one at Mugello. Honda had taken three straight wins but we won for Aprilia at their home race. The worst thing has been the irregularity of the bike. In France it wasn't working as it should and I crashed in the race, whilst things didn't go well in Barcelona either and then in Brazil it broke down with two laps to go. Apart from those races the bike has been more or less okay and we've been in the top three – hopefully we can keep that going.

"The objective is still to win the championship – there is still a strong mathematical chance. There is a 52-point gap to the leader, which won't be easy to make up, but it isn't impossible either. Hopefully I'll have a bit more luck because we haven't had much so far. We could slip up in one or two races but we'll be in there fighting."

250cc, 2004

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