Italian rider set to take on the Suzuki machine in 2018
Following a strong weekend in the final round of the 2017 season at Losail International Circuit, Roberto Rolfo has secured a full time ride with Team Grillini in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship for next season.
Starting his season in the World Supersport Championship, Rolfo stepped into the Grillini Team for the final race of the WorldSBK season and was able to score points in both races. The Italians last appearance in the class was back in 2011 with Kawasaki after four full seasons, in which he was able to take a top eight world championship finish. As the Grillini Team make the switch to Suzuki for next season, there will be a big challenge ahead but it’s one the new partnership are looking forward to.
"I am very happy to be back in WorldSBK," begins Rolfo. "I am very motivated to race on a Suzuki, a bike that I have always followed but I have never had the chance to try. After Qatar's positive experience, I thank Andrea Grillini for this opportunity. During the last race of the 2017 season, I was feeling very positive with a desire to do well, and that is very important to me – so I can start the next season in the best way. I can’t wait to get on the bike and find the right chemistry with the team! Meanwhile I have started my training to be ready and in the best shape, for the first round in February! "
Andrea Grillini, team manager adds: “I have known Roberto for a long time, but in Qatar we immediately found a great feeling and we started talking about a possible agreement for 2018. He found the new project with Suzuki interesting and like me, he thinks that we can do well. I need a serious person with experience to develop a bike, that at the moment is not present in WorldSBK and to me he perfectly embodies this figure. I'm really happy to have come to an agreement with him.”