BMW's hopes of keeping pressure on Yamaha and Honda in the World Superbike manufacturer standings were given a boost after Ruben Xaus placed himself on the front row for the latest round at Brno.
With lead rider Troy Corser forced out through injury, BMW has been forced to rely on Xaus solely this weekend, the Spaniard coming into this event with a best finish of just sixth place over the last two seasons.
Nonetheless, having been on form throughout free practice, Xaus translated that into his best Superpole performance since joining BMW as he sneaked into fourth with the S1000RR.
The first time he has started on the front row of a WSBK race since Donington Park 2008, Xaus is confident he can emulate his team-mate in getting a strong result for the team.
“Obviously I am really happy with the result. I am still feeling the effects from the injury I sustained in Misano but all in all I am really happy,” he said. “My team has done a great job today and I must once again thank them for all their effort and hard work. Unfortunately I used two qualifying tyres in Superpole 2 to ensure that I made it to Superpole 3.
“Therefore I went out in the final session with worn tyres and was unable to put in a really fast time. I really wasn't expecting fourth position so I am really happy. We still have some areas where I want to improve the bike which we can work on tomorrow morning, but overall the bike was incredible. I am really looking forward to the races tomorrow.”
BMW is currently just 25 points adrift of Yamaha in the battle for fourth in the manufacturer standings.