Ruben Xaus thinks an improvement in his grid position would have seen him come away from the opening round of the World Superbike Championship with a top ten finish.
Competing in BMW's first ever Superbike event, while Xaus was largely overshadowed by team-mate Troy Corser throughout the weekend, the Spaniard signalled his intentions by finishing an encouraging 11th in the second race.
Following a long, and occasionally difficult, period of off-season testing, Xaus was pleased to prove instantly competitive on the S1000RR in race conditions, even if he was left to bemoan his lowly 19th position on the grid.
“For me the results today were not important, but what was important was that Troy and I have given the team a lot of information and data to analyse,” he said. “Today was the first time either of us have done a race distance and we have learnt a lot more about the bike today.
“We made the rear sprocket longer for race two and I was much more happy with the bike. I had told the team yesterday that I wanted three teeth longer, but they told me that two was enough. Now I think they owe me a beer because I believe I was right!
“It's hard to think that we have made so much progress that we're battling with the top guys already and when you consider our grid positions, I think we've done really well.
“I'm not happy with 11th, but I'm happy with our performance in the race and know that it could've been even better - if it were not for the grid positions. This is just our first step, but already we can see that our future looks promising.”