"I was the Portuguese Junior 85cc vice-champion with Honda in 1997 and then won the title in '98 and '99 by winning all the races in both years. In '99 I was also third in the 125cc class. I fought again for the title in 2000 finishing runner-up, finally being 125cc champion in '01 and third in the SX championship - all under the Honda awning. Curiously, my first ever world championship race was on a Honda in Castiglione del Lago in 2001 when J-Rod [Joaquim Rodrigues] who was riding for them got injured. At the time I was riding on his father's Honda team in Portugal and they asked me to ride there - that was my debut in world MX."
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