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Porto takes break from testing

Porto takes break from testing

Porto takes break from testing

Sebastián Porto has been excused from winter testing duties by Repsol Aspar Team Manager Jorge Martinez until the end of January, as he spends time at home with his family in Argentina. Porto will contest his second season on an official Aprilia in 2005 and, although he is sticking to a strict personal training routine, will only begin track preparations when the new material becomes available from the Italian factory in the New Year.

"We decided with (Jorge Martinez) "Aspar" and Aprilia that we would not start to test until the 20th January, when we have all the new parts from the factory," explained Porto, who finished runner-up to Dani Pedrosa in the 250cc World Championship this season.

Porto has also been able to spend time catching up one some of his interests outside the Grand Prix paddock, including a TC 2000 touring car race in his hometown of Rafaela, when he got the chance to briefly drive the car of 2003 champion Gabriel Ponce de León, and an international football match between Argentina and Venezuela in Buenos Aires, which the home side won 3-2.

"I was so happy to watch the game," said Porto. "It's the first time in my life that I've had chance to support my national team from the grandstands and I really enjoyed it."

Despite taking time out Porto insists he is already focused on next season, when he aims to once again push Pedrosa for the title. "The objective next season is to start out with a competitive bike and fight for the title in 250cc. The 2005 season is guaranteed to be very exciting, with a lot of talented riders coming in from the 125cc class. I can't wait to get started!"

250cc, 2004

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