Xaus Crash Fest
The first round of qualifying at Phillip Island was a traumatic time for Ruben Xaus (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) with four crashes ruling him out of the races.
After much soul-searching and analysis Ruben - an 11-time race winner - returned at Portimao, and immediately got back to grips with his fast four-cylinder machine. Xaus had this to say after the Portimao SBK races.
Ruben Xaus - BMW S1000RR SBK Riders
"Today has not been too bad. We had good starts in both races, and I was in touch with the top guys. However, after a few laps I began to struggle with the bike and my laps were not as good as in the beginning. This weekend has definitely helped me regain some of my rhythm."
"This weekend has definitely helped me regain some of my rhythm. My confidence has been building all weekend, and I have had great support from everyone at BMW Motorrad Motorsport."
"Tomorrow we have some work to do in a test, but I am relatively happy with our progress this weekend."
Portimao Superbike Result Race 1: 10th with a gap to 1st position of 00:32.427 min
Potimao Superbike Result Race 2: 12th with a gap to 1st position of 00:27.964 min
Bertie Hauser - BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director
"I am happy that Ruben is back. This weekend helped him a lot to recover his self-confidence. Although we hoped for better results after the great race starts for Troy and Ruben, overall we can view the weekend as positive. We have had far worse days in Portimão."