Ruben Xaus was pleased to be back inside the World Superbike top ten as his belated start to the 2010 season kicked off without incident in Portugal.
Having taken the decision not to race at the Phillip Island season opener following four morale-denting accidents over the course of the weekend, Xaus returned to action at Portimao determined to at least stay on the bike.
However, despite a slow start to the weekend, Xaus not only remained upright throughout, he qualified and finished inside the top ten – only the sixth time he has done that on the BMW.
Even so, while the Spaniard says his confidence is continuing to grow on the bike, he echoed team-mate Troy Corser's concerns that the bike fades too fast in the races.
“[The races have] not been so bad,” he said. “We started well in both races and I was in touch with the top guys but after a few laps I began to struggle with the bike and my laps were not as good.
“This weekend has definitely helped me regain some of my rhythm because I obviously didn't race at Phillip Island, so I am happy for that. My confidence has been building all weekend and I have had great support from everyone at BMW Motorrad. We have some work to do in the test here but I am relatively happy with our progress.”