Fortuna Yamaha rider Ruben Xaus was left with some serious soul searching to do after another disappointing qualifying session saw him claim just sixteenth place on the grid for tomorrow's French Grand Prix at Le Mans - having lapped 1.781secs slower than rookie team-mate Toni Elias.

"I'm in the same position that I was yesterday," began a downbeat Xaus. "I don't know if it's me finding it difficult to adapt to the bike, the bike that is having difficulty adapting to me or if I'm just not communicating my needs properly to the team, but somehow I need to find a way to improve things.

"I've worked hard to earn my stripes to get into MotoGP so I know I'm capable," he continued. "These MotoGP bikes are designed to be ridden 110% all the time and the smallest things in set-up can make such a difference in your lap times. Just look at mine and you can see. We've got work to do tomorrow, but we will find a solution."

After the first three rounds of the 2005 MotoGP World Championship, Xaus currently sits 13th in the standings, having recorded two tenth place finishes.



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