Italian 250 charger Robby Rolfo has had a mixed 2002 season as one of only two full NSR 250 riders in the championship. Occasional set-up quandaries in qualifying have held back some of his race performances, but Rolfo is one of the most combative riders in the whole GP paddock.

The latest of his four second-place finishes this season came at Rio, and while second overall is still a realistic ambition for Rolfothe Italain has his sights set on his debut GP victory.

"Now I want to think about taking my first victory - for me, for the team and for the fans," he declared. "The Honda should perform well at Motegi and I know that second place in the championship is not far away."

Fortuna Honda Gresini team-mate Emilio Alzamora has had an even more eventful season than Rolfo, including a recent operation to relieve arm-pump. Now fully fit, the former 125 World Champion is looking for his best result of the year at Motegi, hoping to go one or two better than his previous best of third on home soil at Jerez.

"I'm in really good condition, I haven't had a problem with my arm recently, and I can have a really good result before the championship is finished. Motegi would be the perfect place to start," stated the Spaniard.

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