Sebastian Porto will roll back the years by returning to grand prix action as a Moto2 wild-card during his home round in Argentina this weekend.

Porto made a record 160 grand prix starts in the 250GP class between 1995 and 2006, winning seven races and finishing second to Dani Pedrosa in the 2004 world championship.

The 35-year-old currently races in the Spanish CEV Moto2 series, finishing fourth in round one at Jerez on a TSR Motorsport Kalex, but hasn't made a grand prix start since the 2006 Mugello 250GP.

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"I'm very happy to be here. I'll try to do my best all weekend to make the fans happy," said Porto. "There is a lot of expectations here for MotoGP - it's been a long time! I hope everyone will feel welcome.

"I was out of racing for a long time. I only came back last year so I know it won't be easy.

"I have raced at this circuit last year, it is a very nice track and a lot of fun. Especially turn six. There has not been a lot of racing here so I think the grip level will get better right up to Sunday."

Argentina has been absent from the MotoGP calendar since 1999, when Porto claimed fourth place on a Yamaha in a 250cc race won by Olivier Jacque. This weekend's event will be held at the new Termas de Rio Hondo venue, rather than the former Autodromo Oscar A. Galvez in Buenos Aires.