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Roby Rolfo hoping for more horsepower

Roby Rolfo hoping for more horsepower

Roby Rolfo hoping for more horsepower

Suzuka was a strange weekend, and not a very good one in lots of ways. As far as the race is concerned, you could say it was a `true´ race, run in perfect conditions with the riders giving 100%, for sure. The problem was that it was our first chance to run any laps in the dry, so that made it extremely difficult to find the level of the bike. We had not had chance to improve it throughout the weekend because of the weather, so the feeling was not so good. It would be nice to start the championship in a hot country in future!

We stayed at Suzuka for a test with HRC on the Monday after the race, but to be honest we didn´t really make much progress. I was hoping for some more horsepower from the engine, which is really where we need to improve, but the parts Honda are working on for this are not ready yet, so it looks as though I will have to wait until Jerez. Anyway, we improved the setting of the bike and I was pretty happy that we made some progress.

Of course, the weekend was completely overshadowed by what happened to my good friend Daijiro Kato. We raced against each other in 250 and we were team-mates last season, so I know him well and I am very upset about his condition. I don´t really want to make any other comments about it, although I will say that we know motorsport is dangerous and that these things can happen, but we must make sure we are always racing in the safest possible conditions. I am praying for Kato and in South Africa I will have a small number 74 within my own number 3.

Moving on to South Africa, I always like to go to Welkom because I think it really levels everybody out. In Europe riders have their `own´ circuits, which they know really well, and in Japan the home guys always go well, but at places like this we are all equal so the racing is tough. In recent years the track has been slippery because of the dust, but I really like the layout and I am confident of a good performance. See you there!

Roby #3

250cc, 2003

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