Following his best ever qualifying position achieved on the S1000RR yesterday, Ruben Xaus followed up in style today with a fantastic fifth place finish in the first race at a scorching hot Brno. In race two, Ruben crashed out of contention while running in third place, with just six laps remaining.
In the absence of the injured Troy Corser, Ruben Xaus knew that a good start to race one would be crucial at the famous Czech circuit, and he launched the S1000RR from the front row. Demonstrating rediscovered aggression, the lanky Spaniard put the early pressure on Max Biaggi, passing him on lap three to move into a podium position. However, the multiple Brno race winner managed to get back past Ruben two laps later, followed by Sylvain Guintoli on lap six.
Ruben kept up consistently fast lap times, despite increasing pressure from Japanese rider Noriyuki Haga, but the Ducati rider was unable to pass Ruben, who held on to finish in fifth place on the S1000RR – his best ever result on the ever improving BMW and just 8.6 seconds behind race winner Jonathan Rea. Six different manufacturers were represented in the top six.
In race two, a rejuvenated Xaus stormed off the line, exchanging the lead with race one winner Jonathan Rea and Max Biaggi in the early stages. As Rea attempted to edge clear at the front, Xaus was squeezed out by eventual winner Max Biaggi on lap two. As the race progressed, Xaus bravely fought off challenges from Michel Fabrizio, slipping back to fourth place for a few laps, before moving back up to a podium position on lap nine.
With his team cheering him on from the pits, Ruben looked as if he was confidently heading for his first podium finish on the S1000RR, but with just six laps remaining, he lost traction at the front while going into turn one, and crashed out of contention. It was a fast crash, but fortunately Ruben wasn’t injured.
Ruben Xaus: “Overall the weekend has been really positive for me. I have been running consistently at the front and pushing for podiums. This is where I want to be. In race two I simply pushed too hard. I was holding a consistent gap over Fabrizio for most of the race, but the lap before I crashed I saw he was gaining on me and I simply pushed too hard. Still, this weekend is a real positive step for me and I tried my best for the team as I always do. I achieved my best ever result on the S1000RR this weekend so I am now really confident going into Silverstone.”
Troy Corser: “Congratulations to Ruben and his crew for their best BMW result so far. I would have loved to race today, but it was obviously the right decision not to ride the bike this weekend. I am feeling sore, but I am feeling better at the same time. The bruising is painful, but it is only a question of time before am I back to 100% fitness. Hopefully by the end of next week I will be able to get back to some light training. We plan to test at Mugello on the Tuesday before Silverstone for a final check to make sure I am physically strong enough, but I am sure I will be fit and ready for Silverstone.
Berthold Hauser – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “Overall this weekend has been positive. Although Troy crashed on Friday and could not start today, Ruben proved that he and the BMW S1000RR are competitive. He finished the first race fifth which is his best result with Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport so far. In the second race he was on course for a podium finish when he unfortunately crashed whilst battling with Michel Fabrizio. But that’s racing. We are glad that he is okay, and Troy also seems to be on his way to recovery. We are now looking forward to Silverstone.”
Race one results 1 Rea (GBR – Honda), 2 Biaggi (ITA – Aprilia), 3 Crutchlow (GBR – Yamaha), 5 Ruben Xaus (ESP – BMW Motorrad Motorsport), DNS Troy Corser (AUS – BMW Motorrad Motorsport)
Race two results 1 Biaggi (ITA – Aprilia), 2, Rea (GBR – Honda) 3 Fabrizio (ITA – Ducati), DNF Ruben Xaus (ESP – BMW Motorrad Motorsport), DNS Troy Corser (AUS – BMW Motorrad Motorsport) Points: 1. Biaggi 352, 2. Haslam 284, 3. Rea 203, 7. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 149, 13. Ruben Xaus (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 64