Xaus: Troy and I are doing a good job.

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 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.”

Tagged as: BMW , Aprilia , Ruben Xaus

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Alain Schols - Belgium - Unregistered

July 08, 2009 12:32 PM

I echo Xaus' sentiments. I think they are doing a great job. On top of that, it's a beautiful bike and when BMW enters a competition, they mean business. Considering that they are new to road racing, this is already a big achievement. Apart from that, my compatriot Werner Daemen has given BMW its first two Superbike wins in an international series. He won both races last weekend in the IDM - even though the rules are not the same as in WSBK - whereas KTM has already achieved a couple of podiums as well this season. In preparation of 2010 WSBK .... ? Would be great

Bliz - Unregistered

July 08, 2009 7:50 PM

The results have been pretty much expected. This season is a rigorous RD session really--and they're clearly showing growth. Kawasaki should be ashamed of BMW finishing in front of them every race seeing as they have about 1/30th the experience.

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