Ruben Xaus insists he will be full of confidence again when the World Superbike Championship resumes in Portugal, a month on from his decision not to race in the Phillip Island season opener.

Xaus chose to withdraw in Australia after four accidents, including a high-speed clash with Noriyuki Haga during pre-race warm-up, left him struggling to develop an affinity with the BMW S1000RR.

However, Xaus says there will be no lingering effects of his Phillip Island false start, the Spaniard insisting the gap between races has enabled him to collect and mentally prepare himself for the second event of the year at Portimao.

"After my crash with Noriyuki Haga in Australia I flew home on the Sunday night and, for sure, I did a lot of thinking," he said. "I took a calm, careful look at the race weekend, and at the beginning of March I sat down with Davide Tardozzi, Massimo Bartolini and my crew chief Wolfgang Martens to look at the situation.

One thing is clear: I know that I'm capable of setting fast lap times without any problems. And that's why I'm feeling confident.

"I'm looking forward to Portim?o. The track is like a rollercoaster and I like it a lot. It's really varied; there are a lot of fast corners, but also some slower ones. You take some of them blind, so as a rider you have to be able to rely totally on your skill and intuition. Portim?o is certainly one of the most exciting venues in the championship."


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