Roberto Rolfo is setting his sights on breaking into the World Superbike top ten on a regular basis after a solid start to the season with Pedercini Kawasaki.
The Italian returns to the WSBK fold full-time this year for the first time since leaving Althea Honda at the end of the 2008 season, the Moto2 race winner joining forces with the satellite Kawasaki team alongside Mark Aitchison.
After coming close to the top ten at the Phillip Island opener, in doing so recording Pedercini's best points' haul since becoming a Kawasaki operation four years ago, Rolfo has designs on getting into single digit finishes now.
“I am very determined about the season ahead and my objective is to do well and maybe even fight for the top eight or ten,” the former Ten Kate rider said. “Whatever happens I will be giving my best in every race. The Pedercini Team is really like a family and this will help me to reach the results I want.”
Speaking at the official launch of Pedercini Kawasaki's season, which will also include a Superstock challenge, Rolfo was joined by WSBK rookie Aitchison, who is keen to use 2011 as a learning year.
“It's my first year in Superbike and I know it's a difficult championship,” the Australian said. “But our team and bike potential is very high and I hope to adapt my riding style to the new category very soon.”
Pedercini will have a three-man rider line-up of Bryan Staring, Leandro Mercado and Marco Bussolotti in the Superstock 1000 class, which gets underway at Assen next week.