Phillip Island -- Australia, October 17, 2003. Fortuna Honda rider Roberto Rolfo is satisfied with the opening qualifying session at the superb Phillip Island circuit, on the Pacific Ocean in spite of finishing in seventh place. However he feels the team still have work ahead of then in final qualifying tomorrow.
Events have developed for the Altadis rider without experiencing real problems. The engine performance is good but there is work to do on the chassis and suspension to get the best out of the Fortuna Honda.
"In general the bike is working well, our principle task has been concentrated on finding good settings that will allow me to feel more comfortable on the machine. The engine is running well all our efforts re directed towards chassis and suspension work." Explained Rolfo following a meeting with the team technicians.
"There are parts of the circuit, for instance the second partial time, where I didn't feel very comfortable on the bike and I have to improve. Engine acceleration is good and the top speed is not so bad, that's why it's so important for me to find a good compromise between chassis and suspension settings on the second day of practice and qualifying. If nothing strange happens I have no doubt that I will be fighting for a podium position in the race to maintain my options for the title." Affirmed the Fortuna Honda rider.