Rolfo dropped from Stiggy line-up

Stiggy Racing has confirmed Roberto Rolfo has been ousted from the team to make way for John Hopkins.

Hopkins himself announced earlier that he will make his World Superbike debut with Johan Stigefelt's team, although it wasn't clear whether he would ride a third Honda CBR1000RR or replace either Rolfo or Leon Haslam.

However, with no third bike available, sponsors have chosen to back Hopkins instead, forcing Rolfo out on the sidelines after only two rounds with the team.

Despite his premature exit, ex-Ten Kate Honda rider Rolfo thanked the team for signing him before reiterating that his physical condition – a doubt before the season started – had not been a factor in his exit.

“With great sadness I have taken notice of the fact that the Stiggy Racing Team and its sponsors have expressed their wishes for another rider to support the team,” he said. “Based on this outcome, I have decided to end my collaboration with the team.

“I would like to thank my mechanics who have helped me in this short season. I would also like to emphasise the decision, to prevent any miscommunication, has nothing to do with my physical condition, which is perfect at the moment, but is entirely based on reasons beyond my influence.”

The Stiggy team also took the opportunity to thank Rolfo for bringing his wealth of experience to the team over the last few months.

“We are sorry to announce the premature ending of our collaboration with Roberto Rolfo, due to insolvable matters of sponsor interest.

“We would like to thank Roberto for his dedication and the effort he has put into the Stiggy Racing project from the beginning and sincerely hope he will quickly find the opportunity to participate once again in the SBK Championship. The team intends to maintain the excellent relationship it has built with Roberto Rolfo.”

Rolfo managed a best of 13th position in the first four races of the season.

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wes - Unregistered

March 21, 2009 12:00 AM

The only time Rolfo rode well and used the potential of the very good bikes he has had in WSB was a few years ago in one race where he was leading or 2nd and the bike broke down. Other than that he has been a waste of a good bike. Harsh but true. When he was in 250's he was touted to get a ride for the Repsol Honda team in motogp. That never happened and he has been getting worse as time goes on. he has a seriously bad shoulder injury now, so it can be given a chance to recover properly and maybe there will be a ride in the supersport class, who knows it may suit him better, just like it does for Sofuoglu.


March 21, 2009 7:43 PM

What's the deal with this passport crap? If you look at the numbers, a US passport hadn't meant jack. If it did, Spies would be in MotoGP and not WSBK. Their are 2 Yanks in WSBK and 2 in MotoGP - that doesn't sound like a overflow on Yanks to me. If anything being Spanish or Italian will get you a better ride. Colin is a double WSBK Champion, Nicky is a AMA Champ who won the MotoGP title, Spies is a 3 time AMA Champion, and Hopper won 2 AMA titles and finished 4th in the MotoGP championship in 2007. Those numbers have nothing to do with passport - it's called talent.

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