Q&A with Ruben Xaus
We spoke to Ruben Xaus about teaming up with Castrol Honda ahead of the 2011 season.
Q: How does it feel to be an official Honda rider for the first time in your long WSBK career?
A: It is very nice to have the opportunity to ride for a great brand like Honda, a successful team like Ten Kate and to have an incredibly fast team-mate.
Q: Ten Kate are a proven championship winning team, and you have been sharing the WSBK paddock with them for some time. What have been your main impressions of the team and its staff, now you are working together?
A: I have known all the ‘family’ of Ten Kate for many years, and I have always been joking about racing with them one day. Now I feel it is a good moment to work together, and we have been working well.
Q: Castrol and Honda is an evocative combination in WSBK, a combination you used to race against many years ago. For you, how significant is the return of a global oil company like Castrol to main sponsor status, given its history in WSBK?
A: Well, everybody has associated Castrol with Honda in SBK, so I think everybody was missing that winning combination of title sponsors and manufacturer. Hopefully, now that combination is back it will also be successful for us.
Q: You are closely associated with WSBK racing, so what is the main attraction of racing and watching WSBK racing in general? And what do you feel you personally add to the sport, on track and off?
A: WSBK has its own identity and everyone that loves motorbike racing loves SBK. I think everybody knows what I bring to the championship – a lot of heart and passion.
Q: What do you expect from 2011; what are the immediate and long-term goals?
A: First of all I have to fit 100% into the team and bike. After that everything and anything will be possible. I have enough talent; the team just needs to help me to bring it out.