Sepang -- Malaysia, October 12, 2003. Roberto Rolfo finished fourth at the 250cc Malaysian GP today happy with his result but unhappy because he was unable to fight for a place on the podium. But the fact is he is happy to have overcome the...
Sepang -- Malaysia, October 12, 2003. Roberto Rolfo finished fourth at the 250cc Malaysian GP today happy with his result but unhappy because he was unable to fight for a place on the podium. But the fact is he is happy to have overcome the problems that plagued him in qualifying, happy with the way the race turned out for him.
In spite of starting from the third row of the grid Rolfo was with the championship leaders as they reached the first corner, courtesy of his late braking skills at the end of the straight. Rolfo doggedly hung on to them as only he can. But on the long straights of the Sepang circuit he could not stay in the slipstream off his championship rivals and decided to concentrate on consolidating his fourth place and take the best result possible in the circumstances. The result leaves him still in with a fighting chance in the championship. He is now joint second with Spaniard Toni Elias behind leader Manuel Poggiali.
"I'm not very satisfied with that result but I have to recognise that how things have gone for us this weekend the result is not so bad, it has left me optimistic that I can continue to fight for the world championship. Bt it was not good that I could not fight for the podium as we have done in previous races." Explained Rolfo.
"I got a very good start and I quickly caught the leading championship contenders but when Elias opened a slight advantage I tried to stay in Poggiali's slipstream but when we got into fifth and sixth gear on the last long straight of the circuit the gap was too big to hold him and at the end it was impossible for me to hold him. That's when I decided to run at my own pace and make sure Randy de Puniet could not overtake me." The Fortuna Honda rider said.
"The bike had improved a lot for the race, in respect to qualifying but I still could not go t 100% comfortably. The lack of top speed held me back and I had to rely on late braking and a high corner speed. That was the bass of our problems in practice. In general I have to be happy with the race, even if I was not on the podium." Concluded the Altadis rider.