Phillip Island -- Australia, October 1, 2003. Roberto Rolfo scored a clear and very convincing victory in the 250cc Australian Grand Prix and in the process took a very important step towards the 250cc world title. Rolfo is now just seven points adrift of the series leader. The Team Fortuna Honda rider rode an impeccable race from start to finish. In the pre-race warm up he saw the difficult conditions he would face and knew he would be one of the clear favourites for the race. Rolfo had the situation under control all the way and when he saw Australian Anthony West was closing the gap between them he simply upped the race pace to extend his lead making it impossible for his rivals to catch him.
"In the warm up I could see that I would be very fast in the conditions we would face, the bike was really good and the work we had done over the weekend was more than adequate. Even then I knew it would be very complicated." Explained Rolfo.
"The race went very well, right from the beginning. I made a very good start but even then the first lap was very complicated but everything came good for me and I saw I could go fast and get away, and that's what I did. I was concentrating at maximum so as not to make a single mistake and keep the situation under control." Said the Team Fortuna Honda rider.
"Over the closing laps I knew West was closing the gap between us, that's why I changed my rhythm and increased the pace, I didn't want things to get complicated in the last couple of laps. I wanted a 'No worries' gap between us. The bike worked perfectly all the way and that's the result of the great job done by the team and it has brought us closer to the world championship than ever. This is a very important result in regard to the championship. With only one race to go we are in a position to fight until the end, and that's the most important thing of all." Concluded Roberto Rolfo.