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Aoyama and Porto: A contrast in fortunes

Aoyama and Porto: A contrast in fortunes

Aoyama and Porto: A contrast in fortunes

Shuhei Aoyama had reason to celebrate in Le Mans, as he earned his maiden podium after emerging victorious from an intense battle with brother Hiroshi for third place.

Undertaking his first full season in the World Championship, in the last two races the younger Aoyama has begun to demonstrate his potential. "I am really happy. At the start it was difficult to keep up with the pace, but halfway through I got into my own rhythm and everything was much better. I was able to see the lead group and my brother was attacking hard, but a decided to go at them and not let Hiroshi pass. I want to thank my team and Alberto Puig, and I hope to continue to please them in the races to come.

The other side of the Repsol Honda box was more subdued, with Sebas Porto's nightmare season continuing with a 14th place. He occupies the same position in the general classification, far from the top positions.

"It is a pity, because I thought that we could be able to have a good race, but lately I haven't felt so comfortable on the bike. I tried, but I didn't start well and however much I tried to keep up with the lead riders, I just couldn't," noted the Argentine. "The entire team are working hard to help me, and I'm really grateful."

Porto was one of the riders to stay behind in Le Mans yesterday to complete a testing session.

250cc, 2006, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Hiroshi Aoyama

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