After the official announcement that John Hopkins would be joining the Stiggy Racing Honda Team from the third round of the Superbike Championship at Valencia, many fans were wondering if the team would put another bike on the grid or if Hopkins would take Roberto Rolfo’s place as past rumors had been saying.
Even this rumor has turned out to be true, because Roberto Rolfo has been fired to make room for Hopkins, the reason being a conflict of sponsorship contracts.
Roberto Rolfo:“With great sadness I have taken notice of the fact that the team and its sponsors have expressed their wishes for another rider to support the team.
Based on this outcome, I have decided to end my collaboration with the team.
”“I would like to thank my mechanics who have supported me in this short season.
I would also like to emphasise the decision, as to prevent any miscommunication, has nothing to do with my physical condition, which is perfect at the moment, but is entirely based on reasons beyond my influence.