Team Pedercini riders Mark Aitchison and Roberto Rolfo have differing views on the Nurburgring circuit ahead of the Superbike World Championship's visit to Germany this weekend.
Australian rider Aitchison went into the summer break in excellent form, having qualified for Superpole in each of the last three events, but the 27 year old now wants to concentrate on improving the Kawasaki ZX-10R over a race distance.
“I am very much looking forward to getting started in Germany and embarking on this final stage of the 2011 season. After some time off during the summer break I know I am feeling refreshed and motivated and want to turn my hard work during the beginning of the season into positive results. I think my team needed some rest during this period as well, so I think we will be ready to take advantage of the upcoming races. The Nurburgring circuit is actually one that I enjoy a lot, and I believe it lends itself to my riding style, so let's hope the weather is favourable as well. My aim is to build on our momentum that we have developed in the last few races and then improve mine and the bike’s consistency over race distance”.
While Aitchison is feeling positive, Roberto Rolfo isn't relishing the weekend ahead on a circuit that he isn't a huge fan of. The Italian feels the changes in recent years have made it too suitable to four wheels and don't favour the Superbikes.
“The Nurburgring is a track that I don't know very well. I have only raced here in 2008 in Superbike and I was not in a good physical condition as I had a broken collarbone. To tell the truth I do not really like it because I find it a little old and updates made recently have made it more suitable for the cars. Having said that, I would add that the ups and downs, particularly in the second section of the track, are very exciting. There will be some grip issues I think as the asphalt is not so good. We hope at least that temperature will be good because we’re in the north of Europe, in a forest area where cold winds are common. During the holidays I have trained a lot and I feel fit, I can't wait to rev my Kawasaki and do some slides”.