Xaus to start his season in Portugal

Ruben Xaus vows to put Phillip Island behind him by scoring a good result for BMW on his return to action at Portimao
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 Portimão. 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. Portimão is certainly one of the most exciting venues in the championship."

Tagged as: BMW , superbikes , Portimao , Xaus

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Steve Reddy

March 24, 2010 7:08 AM

Excellent Headless headstand here by Ruben Xaus. Full marks to him for this running dismount with a twist. If only Rubes would retire from crashing motorcycles & take up, Gymnastics or athletics. even rock-climbing Ruben might be good at that. Ruben continues to crash way too much. V.R. said "if you are fast & crash, you can learn not to crash..." Ruben has had many years to learn how not to crash & He still doesn't GET IT. Once I had hoped Ruben would do well. He lost me with the P. I. WSBK crash in am warm-up!!!! Good luck to R.X. Good luck to all of them this weekend. I hope he doesn't take anyone out of the race.

chris - Unregistered

March 24, 2010 9:49 AM

It seem's to me that he either got a big problem with setting up this bike or he's riding way passed his limit. Nice guy who l don't want to see hurt. Hope he sorts one or the other out real soon. BMW must be running low of patients and spares for this guy now :rolleyes:.

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