Ruben Xaus says BMW can be proud of its achievements during its maiden World Superbike season thus far despite not yet being able to breach the top five.
Together with Aprilia, BMW were one of two new manufacturers joining the World Superbike ranks this season, but while their Italian rivals have a rich history in motorcycle racing, BMW arrived with limited road racing experience.
Nonetheless, while their fortune so far this year has been limited to a handful of top ten results, including a best of seventh for Xaus at Monza, the former WSBK runner-up points out that the level of competition this season is giving the impression they are struggling more than they are.
Indeed, the Spaniard is pleased with BMW's competitiveness against more experienced teams, not least because their track time is limited at each event.
“Behind us, there are official factory bikes that have been here for the last ten years,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “They are still working hard to get on the pace, where as we are in our first year and we have no data base, so this is a good performance. Everybody expects more, but the pace is so strong this year.
“We are doing two hours of track time per weekend, which is nothing. The bike we jump onto now is so much different to the one that was being developed by the test riders, so Troy and I are doing a good job.”
Currently 16th in the overall standings, with BMW sixth in the manufacturer reckoning, eleven-time race winner Xaus went on to emphasise how happy he is competing with the German brand.
“I am so proud to be here. I take bad results as a chance to learn and gain strength. If we were three seconds behind, we would know there is something wrong, but we are just a few tenths of a second off.
“I am really happy with the team and the workers. We knew this year would be like this, which is why this is a two-year project. It has one of the best atmospheres in the paddock, so while we're not happy with the results, we are happy with the lap times.”