2011 Ten Kate Honda WSBK rider Ruben Xaus has joined Italian brand Bimota as team manager, where he is helping to develop a new range of Moto2 and SBK machines.
Bimota has also joined forces with Edo Racing to set-up a new Research Development Department.
Spaniard Xaus, WSBK title runner-up in 2002, rode both the Moto2 and SBK bikes at a recent test at Almeria.
Xaus said: ”I'm part of Bimota since a few months and I'm trying to bring my whole experience as world-known rider. I decided to create a development project, a joint venture with Edo Racing that could allow more flexibility and a faster service so the company can fully concentrate on the planning and prototyping.
"I really liked the HB4 2012 [Moto2 bike] and its easiness to ride. It really 'feels' the adjustments and the Bitubo suspensions really helped. SBK is at its beginnings. We just had to check different solutions about the chassis and from the next step forward we'll get to know better which is our project-competitiveness level."
Regarding the SBK machine, a Bimota statement declared that they are "absolutely open to the possibility that already this year, the bike could [compete in] one round". However it was not made clear which championship they were referring to.
Bimota won the first ever WSBK race, held at Donington Park in 1988, with Davide Tardozzi. Anthony Gobert took Bimota's eleventh and most recent win in 2000, before the company quit the class.
Bimota entered a chassis for the inaugural 2010 Moto2 season, but was absent from 2011.
Aside from two seasons in MotoGP, Xaus raced in WSBK from 2001-2011. His most recent win was in 2008 and he finished 17th in this year's championship after an injury-interrupted season.