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Fausto Gresini analyses the progress of Roberto Rolfo

Fausto Gresini analyses the progress of Roberto Rolfo

Fausto Gresini analyses the progress of Roberto Rolfo

With seven rounds gone in the 250cc World Championship, a pattern for the season is beginning to take shape and in third place in the rider standings Roberto Rolfo is stasrting to show form. Determined by stylish, Rolfo has picked up consecutive podium finishes with his Fortuna Honda Gresini team at Montmeló and Assen and is now a serious challenger for the quarter-litre title.

Rolfo began to make waves last season, guiding his privateer Safilo Oxydo Aprilia machine into the top five on nine occasions and finishing outside the top ten just once. This season the language student has added a further three podium finishes to his curriculum, and achievement highly valued by team boss Fausto Gresini, who believes the bnike is yet to reach its maximum potential. `This initial period is bound to be difficult - Roberto has to find harmony with a motorcycle which is created for a rider of different physical characteristics to him,´ explains the Italian former 125 World Champion. `It is a very good motorcycle, but the way of riding it is so different to an Aprilia, which Roberto was used to. We are working intensely to adapt it to his characteristics´.

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Moving on to the subject of the rider himself, Gresini has been impressed with what he has seen so far. `Since the first race things have been very positive and, of course, we think the battle for the title is still wide open. I must admit that we were hoping for more at this stage because we achieved great things last year but it can only get better. So far Roberto has had some good races and some not so good races, but we have higher objectives and we are trying to provide him with the necessary machinery to achieve them. We are in a development process and trying to limit the damage without giving anything away. If we can´t be at the front, we will at least do everything possible to make it difficult for the rest´.

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250cc, 2002

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