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Porto ready to challenge Honda

Porto ready to challenge Honda

Porto ready to challenge Honda

Sebastian Porto says he is ready to challenge Dani Pedrosa and the rest of the 250cc Honda fleet on their home turf at Motegi this weekend. The Aprilia rider knows better than anybody how tough it is to beat the Japanese factory here, having ridden for them himself one year ago, and recognises that he and his Italian factory colleagues face a tough task.

"Out of the five remaining races, this will be the most difficult for us," says Porto, who lies third in the championship, nine points behind Randy de Puniet and 36 adrift of Pedrosa. "But then again we expected Estoril to be tough too and the bike worked really well there so I am hopeful. As always I will give my best and try to be at the front."

Porto's quest to deliver victory to Honda last season ended with a spectacular crash, but the Argentinean insisted he would not be thinking about that when he takes to the track in Friday morning's first free practice. "Obviously it wasn't a nice crash and my memories of this circuit aren't the best, but this year is a completely different situation," he said.

"My only aim now is to pick up as many points as possible from each of the remaining races and finish as high up as I can in the championship."

With the paddock rumour mill in full flow, Porto has been linked in many quarters with a return to Honda in 250cc or even a step up to MotoGP in 2005. However, the 26 year old today stated his priority remains on this season.

"I still don't know what's happening, I know I have a good chance of staying with Aprilia because of the options on my contract but we'll see. My people are working hard and we'll see what happens. Personally, I just want to concentrate on this season and on trying to win the title."

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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