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Porto to celebrate 150th GP

Porto to celebrate 150th GP

Porto to celebrate 150th GP

Aprilia Aspar's Sebastian Porto will make his 150th GP appearance this weekend in Czech Republic. The Argentinean made his debut in Grand Prix racing in 1994 as a wildcard at his home race in Buenos Aires, before clinching the European 250cc title. Porto competed in his first full season in the quarter litre class in 1996 and scored his first win in 2002 in Brazil; since then, he took six further victories.

"What does it represent to reach the 150 GP mark? It has been an incredible experience, and I have to thank my family who has been supporting me all the way," says Porto. "I'm also very grateful to all the people who showed their faith in me over the past two years. Those people who believed in me gave me the strength to overcome any kind of difficulties."

"The final part of the season starts this week at Brno. For sure, the title chase seems a bit off as Pedrosa managed to build up a big advantage, but there are still 175 points up for grabs in the seven last rounds. I'm currently fourth and I have to reduce the gap with Stoner and Dovizioso. My goal is to achieve the best possible overall classification. To those who believe that the Championship is already over, I would say there's still a long way to go in one of the most competitive season in recent times."

"I've been asked about my future recently, I guess it's already this time of the season... Will it be MotoGP or 250cc in 2006? We are looking into it. I can't take a move to MotoGP lightly, because when you swap to a 990cc bike it has to be with a good machine and a competent team which can help you to get used to it. My sponsors have the same point of view. We also know that there won't be many rides available for next season as there are still many experienced riders who look set to continue and there can only be 22 riders on the grid. So we are looking at all the options so we can take the best decision later... but for now, I'm just thinking about the next Grand Prix in Brno."


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