Xavi Fores (36): “If I had an excellent bike…” / Superbike World Championship

In 2018, Xavi Fores had his best Superbike World Championship season with five podiums, but later lost his spot on the Barni Ducati team. He’s still angry about it to this day.

Spaniard Xavi Force has achieved a lot in the World Superbike Championship. From 2016 to 2018, he won six podiums for Barney Ducati, finished seventh in the World Championships in 2017 and 2018 and was the top hacker in each instance. However, he had to vacate his place after the 2018 season in favor of Michael Rinaldi, who was 10 years his junior and was backed by sponsor Aruba, then moved on to Honda and the British Championship.

In 2020, the German champion from 2014 saw his return to the World Championships at Puccetti Kawasaki, but he received little support there and had a major top speed flaw with the ZX-10RR all season. Last year, Ford competed again, but without noticeable success, at BSB, this time for BMW.

The man from Valencia, who travels full time for ERC Ducati in the World Endurance Championships, drove in Estoril as a replacement for the injured Philip Uttle on Team Go Eleven Ducati. After finishing eleventh, ninth and tenth, Force showed that he was still very fast.

“I talk to Barney a lot, and we have a nice friendship,” the 36-year-old told SPEEDWEEK.com. “I always tell him I still feel strong, I’m not too old. The races in Estoril showed that I was especially strong in the second part of the race. If I had a good bike and could work properly with the team, I could be very strong. Unfortunately there are no My bikes. It’s not up to me – if there’s no bike, I can’t do anything. That’s why I’m so grateful to the Go-Eleven team for giving me the opportunity to prove that I have the speed.”

“When I lost my place in the World Superbike Championship, I wasn’t satisfied with the overall situation,” Force confirmed. “I was strong, I finished the podium a few times in 2018 and I still lost my place. That was out of my hands too which is why I was so disappointed. I went to BSB but I always knew it wasn’t where I belonged. But if you don’t have a factory machine In the MotoGP World Championship it’s not easy to be there in front.There are only a few good private teams like Barni, Go Eleven, Bonovo BMW or GRT Yamaha, but they are all looking for young riders. That’s why it’s becoming increasingly difficult For me to find a place in the MotoGP Superbike World Championship. I can now enjoy other things too – and I am ready if someone calls me to step in.”

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