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Roberto Rolfo´s consistent streak comes to an end

Roberto Rolfo´s consistent streak comes to an end

Roberto Rolfo´s consistent streak comes to an end

Roberto Rolfo no longer forms part of the exclusive group of riders with most consecutive point-scoring finishes after his crash during the Brno race on Sunday. Rolfo had been battling with eventual race winner Marco Melandri, and had the podium in his sights, however as he tried to keep with his compatriot he paid the price of pushing it too far by sliding into the gravel when the front end went away from him. Now only Naoki Matsudo and Fonsi Nieto are the remaining riders to have scored points in the last 19 successive Grands Prix.

The Brno crash means Rolfo's title challenge has come under threat as he now finds himself 68 points behind Melandri and 31 off Fonsi Nieto. The Italian Honda rider summed up the Gauloises Czech Republic Grand Prix by saying, ´When Melandri passed me with three laps to go, I tried not to lose too much ground, but it wasn't easy because my bike wasn't accelerating as quickly as the Aprilia. Then he did a low 2:04 and I had to push even more, meaning I crashed out at a point where I hadn't been having problems.´

Despite the crash, Rolfo remains confident of a good run in to the end of the season, ´I hope that I can keep fighting for the top places at each Grand Prix, and the next round is in Estoril, which is a circuit I really like. On the other hand though, I don't think the bike will change much more. I would like to have a little more power, but it's likely that I'll have to race with the bike´s current performance level.´

Tags:
250cc, 2002, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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