Fortuna Honda Catalunya GP Saturday notes

Montmelo (Barcelona) June 14. The excess engine temperature of the Fortuna Honda, caused by the extremely heat that has reigned during the two days of practice and qualifying at the Catalan track impeded any logical progression by rider Roberto ...

Montmelo (Barcelona) June 14. The excess engine temperature of the Fortuna Honda, caused by the extremely heat that has reigned during the two days of practice and qualifying at the Catalan track impeded any logical progression by rider Roberto Rolfo. The conditions prevented Rolfo from placing his Fortuna Honda in the best possible position on the starting grid. Rolfo will start round six of the 16-round championship from the second row, with eighth place on the grid.

The Fortuna Honda has not performed at the ideal temperature in the conditions experienced at Montmelo, and in general not in the manner expected by Rolfo. Despite this Rolfo felt he could have improved on is time by several tenths of a second had he not been held up by slower riders on his final fast laps when he thought he was about to claw back some of the time he had lost to the leaders. The team has now to seek new solutions before Rolfo takes the Fortuna Honda out in the Sunday morning warm up.

"We have improved some things in respect to the first qualifying session, about four-tenths of a second. That didn't permit me to improve my place on the starting grid too much but enough to get me onto the end of the second row. The predictions are for a very hard race it could be an important extra chance."

"We couldn't really find solutions to the problems stemming from yesterday. The engine is just not working in these high temperatures, the heat causes the engine to lose power. The situation made me give my absolute maximum but that doesn't show in my lap times. I could not squeeze any more out of the machines true potential. In the chain of events here this weekend I have not found the optimum performance from chassis and suspension. Anyway, I'm waiting to see if we can radically reverse the situation hoping we find a solution."

-www.Fortunaracing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Roberto Rolfo