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Rolfo already looking to 2006

Rolfo already looking to 2006

Rolfo already looking to 2006

Although looking ahead to the final rounds of the season with excitement, Roberto Rolfo has already started to set his sights on 2006 and the possibility of staying on with the D'Antin Pramac Team.

Like most of the MotoGP paddock, the Italian stayed on for the post-GP test in Brno to try and gather more valuable information in the quest for progression. Most of his work during the two-day session was focused on tyres, but – as has been the case for much of the season – Rolfo concedes the results were not what he was hoping for.

`At this moment, our main handicap is the tyres and I feel that from now to the end of the season things probably won't get any better,' he explained. `At Brno we tested different compounds; some of them gave nice grip at the beginning, but they started to fade after ten laps.´

With the rumours about rider moves for next season already having started, Rolfo gave his view on where he saw his future in next year's championship.

`The only news I have is about staying with D'Antin Pramac. Next year the team could be using either a Kawasaki or the Ducati 2006 - but without latest specification of the machine that is reserved for factory riders.'

`I know there are negotiations going on about these terms, but it's difficult to say at the moment which bike we would be riding,' he added. ‘There is also the possibility of a second rider joining the team with Shane Byrne having been mentioned.'

Rolfo will leave for Motegi in a few days for next week's Japanese GP. It is the beginning of a tough period in the calendar, with three Asian races in a row. `The three GPs in succession don't offer any time to test and we'll have to do our best with the resources we have.'

MotoGP, 2005

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