Ruben Xaus admits he would rather be racing in his native Spain, rather than England, at this time of year as he prepares for the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park.
Xaus admits he has some concerns about the cool conditions anticipated for the weekend, though he says it doesn't detract from the circuit, which he is otherwise pleased to see back on the calendar.
Though he is yet to reach the podium on previous visits to Donington Park, he is confident that the extra track time on the Castrol Honda will make him competitive.
"I have two feelings about Donington. The first one is that I am hungry to go racing again because a month is too long between the first race and the second feeling is that now the sun is shining in Spain but in England it will be cold for our sport, and there is no guarantee what it will be like.
“I like the circuit there, it is very historic and I have some good memories. It is quite a technical track also. As soon as we are there and racing we will put a lot of rubber on the track surface and the conditions may be better than we expect. I just need more track time on the bike right now."