Ruben Xaus will be the only Honda representative on the World Superbike Championship grid at Motorland Aragon after the Ten Kate team did not submit a replacement entry for the injured Jonathan Rea.
Rea fractured his arm and collarbone in a high-speed accident during warm-up for the Misano races, an accident that has also ruled him out of competing at Motorland Aragon.
With less than a week between events, Castrol Honda is set to persevere with just a single entry for Xaus, who will be carrying Honda hopes on home soil.
“Hopefully we can step up at Aragon now. It is a new track for me there, so no 'real' test so far, which means it will be difficult. We did 20 laps in the winter, but it was my first time on the Castrol Honda, so I did not know the set-up at all. The set-up of the bike then and now is completely different.
“The best thing is that we are getting out of Misano with a good rhythm and the race is next weekend, so very quick, and that is going to help. Hopefully we will find a weekend with no rain. But most important is that Johnny will be OK and come back soon.”
Rea's absence means Xaus will be the only Honda rider competing at Motorland Aragon – its smallest representation since Chris Vermeulen competed as the sole Ten Kate Honda rider in 2004.