Rolfo re-confirms place on grid

Roberto Rolfo has reiterated his intentions to start the 2009 World Superbike season, despite initial fears he would need to undergo a shoulder operation in the coming weeks.

The Italian, who will this season race with the Stiggy Honda team, revealed before the Portimao test that he had turned down the opportunity to correct an injury to his shoulder in order to compete from the start of the year.

However, after completing only a handful of laps in Portugal and complaining of the discomfort he was in, Rolfo admitted he would reconsider his plans.

Raising speculation that his seat alongside Leon Haslam could become available, Kawasaki MotoGP refugees John Hopkins and Marco Melandri had been quickly linked to a Superbike move.

Nonetheless, Rolfo insists he will be ready for the start of the season having received further consolation from the doctors. His participation, however, is dependent on regular check-ups over the weekend and an operation at the end of the season.

"My mood is a lot more upbeat now that Prof. Porcellini has had a look at my injury in Forlì. He said to me that my shoulder is not that bad and with the right treatment I can rider a bike, maybe with the help of some protection.

"We've already planned a schedule, and during race weekends I'm be able to continue with the help of the Clinica Mobile. I feel sure everything will be OK in Australia".

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wes - Unregistered

February 04, 2009 11:16 AM

Rolfo doesn't deserve such a good ride in World Superbikes, all he is going to do is make up the numbers at the back of the field again. Too bad for him, he showed great promise when he was in 250 GP's and was touted to get a factory Motogp ride, but he has been going downhill bigtime since then and the Motogp ride never came, yet he still manages to get good rides on very good bikes. Probably because he is Italian. A very deserving person who does deserve that ride is Andrew Pitt for example, who has proven Superbike experience, with a race win and podiums. He also happens to have won last years World Supersport Championship, his 2nd win in that championship overall.

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