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Porto outruns Pedrosa and Lorenzo to bag his first win of the year

Porto outruns Pedrosa and Lorenzo to bag his first win of the year

Porto outruns Pedrosa and Lorenzo to bag his first win of the year

Sebastian Porto has scored his first win of the season at Assen to take the Dutch TT for the second consecutive year. The Aprilia Aspar rider took the flag ahead of reigning World Champion Dani Pedrosa and poleman Jorge Lorenzo after taking the lead on the penultimate lap.

Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest off the grid, closely followed by Sebastian Porto and Casey Stoner, who lost ground on the frontrunners and moved back to join the chasing pack; while Dani Pedrosa recovered from a sluggish start to mix it up with Lorenzo and Stoner.

Lorenzo stayed in front until the late stages, with Porto constantly on his trail. On lap 17, Pedrosa moved up to second ahead of the Argentinean, who then made his race-winning move at the last chicane, passing Lorenzo and Pedrosa in one move. Porto then posted a record lap on the very last lap to secure his first victory of the 2005 season; while Pedrosa took second ahead of Lorenzo.

"I'm very happy, it's a great win after the problems we had in the last few races, but this time we have been competitive all the way through the weekend," commented Porto, last year's 250 World Championship runner-up. "The first half of the race was a bit tricky, keeping up with the Honda wasn't easy as it was a bit faster. In the second half, my bike performed better and I could take the lead with two laps to go. Then I just had to push hard on the last lap to win the race. That's great for me and for the whole team."

Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama crossed the line in fourth at the front of a seven-strong pack, which battled throughout the race. Alex de Angelis was fifth ahead of Casey Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso and Randy de Puniet. Hector Barbera and Simone Corsi completed the top 10.

By finishing second, Pedrosa has consolidated his Championship lead and now has a 37 advantage over Casey Stoner. Porto moved up to fourth overall with 74 points.


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