Roberto Rolfo has admitted he may consider having surgery on his shoulder after all following a disastrous pre-season test at Portimao.
Rolfo revealed before the weekend that he had gone against doctor's orders to have surgery on an injury sustained earlier in 2008 as it would probably leave him out of action for several months.
However, despite running with a specially made shoulder brace in Portugal, Rolfo completed only a handful of laps over the course of the weekend and was firmly rooted at the bottom of the timesheets. By contrast, Stiggy Racing team-mate Leon Haslam was a consistent front runner.
As such, the Italian admits he will return home to undergo physiotherapy and reconsider whether to take the surgery option.
“Unfortunately I couldn't ride a lot today as my shoulder was bothering too much. I haven't got enough strength in my left arm and that makes it impossible to ride the bike. I will go straight back home now and continue my therapy, but soon I will have to make the decision whether or not to have surgery.
“It is not an ideal situation for sure, because there's only a short time before the start of the season, but we will just have to see what the best solution will be.”