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Brno 2004: Porto wins a controversial race

Brno 2004: Porto wins a controversial race

Brno 2004: Porto wins a controversial race

In 2004, the MotoGP action at Brno was preceded by a controversial 250cc contest, which was won by Sebastian Porto after several calls to stop the race due to rain. The first drops appeared on the track just a few laps in, when Dani Pedrosa had joined the lead group after starting 13th on the grid and was one of several riders to raise his hand in protest.

With no red flag visible, Porto took his chance to escape, only to be hauled in by Pedrosa, Alex de Angelis and Randy De Puniet a few laps later. Pedrosa then made his own break before the rain returned for a second time, seemingly causing De Angelis to crash and prompting another charge from Porto.

Again there were no red flags and Pedrosa could only watch as Porto and De Puniet both went past, sealing a one-two for Aprilia and their 100th victory in the class. Third place for Honda rider Pedrosa meant he led the championship by 30 points from De Puniet, with Porto a further 13 points behind.

Ant West was once again the top privateer, overcoming factory Honda rider Toni Elias in a late scrap to bring his Aprilia home in fourth place. Elias was followed in by fellow factory Honda riders Roby Rolfo and Hiroshi Aoyama, whilst Chaz Davies took the best result of his career so far with a stirling ride to eighth.

There was further controversy after the race when Fonsi Nieto, who crashed out of eleventh place on the eleventh lap, was fined 5,000 US dollars by Race Direction for taking a flag out of the hands of a marshal and waving it at the side of the track.


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