Ruben Xaus is refusing to dwell on his loss of an all-but-certain podium finish in the second race at Brno following his most competitive weekend since joining BMW last season.

Having spent much of his year in the shadow of team-mate Troy Corser, Xaus upped his game at the right time in the Czech Republic following the Australian's withdrawal through injury.

Qualifying on the front row in fourth, Xaus was on the pace in both races as he diced with the leaders, the Spaniard going on to better his previous best result on the S1000RR by one with a run to fifth in the first race.

He looked destined for more in race two as he shook off the attentions of Michel Fabrizio in the tussle for third, Xaus just six laps away from getting on the podium and equalling the team's best finish in World Superbike.

However, a fall at turn one would leave Xaus down and out, an accident that also dealt a blow to BMW's hopes of remaining in contention for fourth in the manufacturer standings.

Despite this, Xaus was pleased with his consistently quick pace at Brno and is now confident of mirroring that form over the latter half of the season.

"Overall the weekend has been really positive for me. I have been running consistently at the front and pushing for podiums. This is where I want to be. In race two I simply pushed too hard. I was holding a consistent gap over Fabrizio for most of the race, but the lap before I crashed I saw he was gaining on me and I simply pushed too hard.

"Still, this weekend is a real positive step for me and I tried my best for the team as I always do. I achieved my best ever result on the S 1000 RR this weekend so I am now really confident going into Silverstone."


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