We’re only four rounds in for the 2010 World Superbike season, and already there’s increased “talk” about the possibility of Ruben Xaus getting canned by at least the end of the season. After a stellar showing by the BMW crew at Assen (at least for Troy Corser) all eyes are again on Xaus who managed to crash four times (we feel like we’ve heard this before) at the Dutch track.
Xaus seemingly channeled his outing at Phillip Island, binning his BMW S1000RR once in qualifying, once in warm-up, and in both Race 1 & Race 2. Originally regarded as BMW’s first-seat, it would seem Davide Tardozzi and the rest of the BMW team might be putting more stock in the strong finished Corser achieved in Assen, which creates some speculation as to what could have happened has Xaus gotten his act together.
With BMW on a mission to prove something in WSBK this season, there’s no telling what the team could do as far as riders, and Jakub Smrz name is already being mentioned as a possible replacement for Xaus at the end of the season. Motorsprint apparently has Tardozzi on the record as saying the following about Smrz: “we like the guy and his name is the first on our 2011 list,” which doesn’t bode well for Ruben.