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Porto happy with runner-up spot

Porto happy with runner-up spot

Porto happy with runner-up spot

Sebastian Porto refused to get downbeat after seeing Daniel Pedrosa win the 250cc World Championship at Phillip Island on Sunday. The Argentinean rider was the only man who could stop Pedrosa going into the penultimate round of the season and did everything in his power to do so, winning the race by almost six seconds, but could do nothing to stop the youngster from picking up his two vital points.

Porto, who secured second place in the championship with his fifth victory of the season, admitted a tinge of sadness at losing his slim chance of winning the title but preferred to look at the positives and the possibility of a strengthened challenge next time around.

"It was a really good weekend, perhaps the best of the season, because the bike responded well from the first day," reflected Porto. "On Saturday we broke the pole record and in the race I was able to open up the gap from the first lap.

"I am proud and happy but there is something inside me that says I would have loved to win the championship. It wasn't to be this time but it's been a great season for me.

"I have sealed the runner-up spot in my first season on an official bike with Aprilia and I am really happy."

Tags:
250cc, 2004, CINZANO AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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