Roberto Rolfo targets Moto2 ride

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Former MotoGP and World Superbike rider Roberto Rolfo has confirmed he plans a return to world championship racing in the new Moto2 600cc class in 2010.

Rolfo, who was axed by the Stiggy Honda WSB team earlier this season, recently tested the BQR Honda Moto2 bike in Jerez.

And the Italian, who left the Grand Prix paddock in 2005, believes he can make an impact in Moto2, which replaces the current two-stroke 250cc world championship next season.

Rolfo told MCN: “My target is to ride in Moto2 next year. I hope I can do something latter this season in the Spanish championship maybe to adapt to the bike and maybe test more during this period with BQR. But we have to talk about this.”

Rolfo said his 250 style would suit the new Moto2 class, which will run specially tuned 150bhp Honda CBR600RR engines in prototype chassis.

And he believes the new class will be good to prepare riders for the transition to the 800cc four-stroke MotoGP class.

He added: “MotoGP is a four-stroke bike, very powerful bike and it is good to adapt to the bigger category. The change from Moto2 to MotoGP will be less than from a 250 to MotoGP and this will be good. Maybe it will be a little more difficult for a 125 rider to go to Moto2, but with winter testing it should be fine.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt